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Priyanka and the crew of the Alley Cat are junk-mercs, for-hires specializing in finding Metal braincores – rare, non-functioning alien AIs. On a discreet job in starship junkyard on Shake Hands, a frontier planet of colonists eschewing outsiders and technology, they receive detailed coordinates from a point buried deep under the junk itself. Could the signal be a trap, or a hoax? Is one of her own crew members betraying her? Or perhaps, is the AI still functional? Only by climbing down into the broken wrecks and refuse will she be able to discover the truth.
"Screaming Metal" is a Twitter novella (31,000 words) written in microfiction format (25 words or less per "paragraph") partially posted on Twitter in 2015 and Vocal in 2017-2018.
Inspired by works like Makoto Kobayashi's Dragon's Heaven, Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series, and the wildly imaginative adult-level reader (but not adult content) stories within Heavy Metal Magazine among others. At its core, "Screaming Metal" is action adventure sci-fi set on a distant planet in the far future, featuring sentient AI mecha of a mysterious alien origin.
A complete story, there are no subsequent volumes to purchase.
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