Eric S. Fomley is the editor of Martian Magazine as well as the Timeshift and Drabbledark anthologies. As an author, his work has appeared in a score of venues and can be read from his website ericfomley.com.
The Astral Queen landed on the planet's surface. The pilot descended. Wind whipped her face and her green skin was blasted by sand. She surveyed the land. Black clouds blotted out sky and sun. Mangled metal towers sprouted from dunes of ash and sand. She turned and boarded. Inside she paused before a glass chamber. […]