BAEN Books are promoting Darkship Thieves at the moment(It’s one of January’s new science fiction books) so they tweeted about this nice short story from the same universe. It takes place a few centuries earlier. High Stakes is a free online story published on Darwin’s Evolutions – a journal of speculative fiction (homepage).
Read the story online (Story)
The story is about Cassandra Reis, she is undercover, on a mission of sabotage against Babylon Seacity, the city that forced her to run after spilling the beans about the chairman’s affairs to the world press. She had only been lured back to the pleasure-and-crime paradise that was Babylon Seacity by the bait of an Olympus Resident Visa. There was still people here that would like to kill her if they recognised her.
Laying in the dark, she hears someone at the door, she isn’t expecting anyone, could they have discovered her? Read it.
I liked the story and Sarah’s style, I think I got to buy Darkship Thieves, it sounded good before, now I am convinced. You can find it here
Edit: After reading Sarah’s guest rant, Blame It on the Girls, in the same journal, I strongly suspect I have found another favorite author.
It also had this beautiful illustration, Windy City, by Paul Davies. Visit his homepage, this guy is brilliant. He makes awesome pictures.