This short story was first published in the June, 2011 issue of Analog Science Fiction magazine. It also appears in slightly different form in the novel, "The Chara Talisman".
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Starship pilot Jason Curtis just wanted to find a beach for a little rest and relaxation. Then he met Renee . . ."‘Starfire, this is Kakuloa control. Are you declaring an emergency?’Air hissed out of a bullet hole in my cockpit, yellow and red warning lights lit up my control panel, the fuel system leaked, my heat shielding was probably…
While archeologist Hannibal Carson explores ruins on a distant planet, seeking evidence of ancient spacefarers, what he finds – and what or who finds him – is unexpected.
This story is set in Alastair Mayer's "T-Space" (terraformed space) universe, at a later date than the Jason Curtis adventures.