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Lots in Space


The oceans are full of plastic. And the same in space? Well, not yet, but there's a load of rubbish up there, and one day soon we will need the likes of Annie to deal with it:

‘She had just turned 30 when she qualified to fly in space, the youngest freelancer in the world. She had had 10 years’ experience of flying freight around the Pacific; she had lost a baby, turfed out a husband, shot an air pirate. A dozen years later Annie Hab had survived near disaster, and started her own space salvage business. She became a no-nonsense model for young women with ambition and guts. For a few men she was a crazy bitch who should not be let near a launch pad.’

But Annie’s quest is not as straightforward as it seems. What is the mysterious white box that obsesses her?

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Every couple of months I put out a short story and three or so flash pieces under a theme. The first three editions followed the theme of ‘Coffee’, and the next three ‘Space’, as in up among the stars and planets.

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