The Cyborg Way
A Cyborgs on Mars Novella
From Pets in Space 8
After a year on Mars, Ellie is thrilled with how much progress she’s made on her homestead – although she can’t deny it gets lonely at times. Her only visitor is a big cyborg ranger who insists on keeping his distance.
When she finds an impossible little creature lurking in her lichen – a creature who shouldn’t exist – she should be terrified. Instead, Henry turns out to be a delightful companion, and she’s determined to keep him hidden from the ruthless corporation controlling Mars.
L-485 takes his responsibility as a ranger very seriously – especially when it comes to a certain pretty little settler. He knows she’d never be interested in a gruff, older cyborg, but that doesn’t stop him from watching over her.
When he realizes that Ellie is hiding a potentially dangerous secret his duty is clear – but how can he betray her trust? Can Henry bring two lonely people together as they try to solve the mystery of his existence?
Originally published in the Pets in Space 8 Anthology.