The Fall of Ocrone by Dawn Vogel

The Silk Dragon was on her last legs, but I needed to stock up on cyclononane on Ocrone to afford repairs. Spacers had warned me Ocrone was unstable, but it looked safe enough to land.

Once I acidized the abandoned cyclononane well, I understood “unstable” meant “earthquake prone during cyclononane extraction.” No wonder no one else goes there. I had seconds to disconnect the hoses. Still not sure how I took off. I guess it’s sort of flying when the ground disappears beneath you.

So you might not want to go to Ocrone. You might not find much left there.

Dawn Vogel’s academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-runs a small press, and tries to find time for writing. Her steampunk adventure series, Brass and Glass, is available from DefCon One Publishing. She is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA, and Codex Writers. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.

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