Chapter 9
Illustration by Haylee Bolinger


Young adults vie for coveted citizenship on Deimos, the near-zero-gravity moon of Mars that has become a hub for innovation and interplanetary commerce. Competing in a series of challenges that blend science and creativity, contestants use neurochemicals to control their emotions and anxiety and ensure peak performance under the watchful eyes of Deimos citizens.

James L. Cambias is a science fiction writer and game designer. His first novel, A Darkling Sea, was published by Tor in 2014, and his new book Corsair came out in 2015. His stories have been featured in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nature, and several original anthologies. He is a cofounder of Zygote Games, designed Bone Wars: The Game of Ruthless Paleontology, and has written or contributed to more than a dozen tabletop role-playing game books.

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