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Eater-of -Bone

(2012)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Immortal humans colonize a bizarre world, but the colony collapses. Tens of thousands of years later, what remains are scattered bands and individuals fighting the natives and fighting one another. Every day is desperate. But every day also offers great beauty in an alien wilderness, and small moments of kindness.

"With the knife in her right hand, she crept close to the yddybddy and paused, staring at the dense yellow folds of fungus tucked behind the finger-like branches. Her mind and then her mouth imagined the feast to come. She would eat today and tomorrow too, and the fungus' hard fibrous heart would remain as traveling rations. Close to tears, she took a tiny step forward, feeling the ground and trapdoor sag slightly -- just as she expected. Then she took another step and heard what might have been a soft fart, and she turned in time to watch a single coil of elastic nanofibers spring from the ground beside her. She leaped back in time to save her leg but fell into another trap built along the same fierce lines. A second spring unraveled and flung out blindly, grabbing her by the right arm and yanking her down, and she kicked and flopped and dove back against the burning pressure as a thousand rit-hairs ate into her bicep and the burning joint of her elbow."

    

Used availability for Robert Reed's Eater-of -Bone

Hardback Editions

April 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Eater-of-Bone
Author(s): Robert Reed
ISBN: 1-84863-313-0 / 978-1-84863-313-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: PS Publishing
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March 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Eater-of-Bone & Other Novellas
Author(s): Robert Reed
ISBN: 1-84863-312-2 / 978-1-84863-312-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: PS Publishing
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Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, , Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Eater-of-bone: A Great Ship novella
Author(s): Robert Reed
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