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Preliminary sketch work done by artist Daniel Gracey for the cover art of Science Fiction novelette: "The Energy Scavengers" Written by: Ryan Sean O'Reilly. Story available on Amazon.com on May 8, 2012. More info at: www.RyanSeanOReilly.com
When mankind reaches far out into the universe to find other life forms it may first find machines. A string of planets on the outer edges of the Milky Way contain the mechanical workers of an ancient alien civilization. Calvin an exploratory rover coupled with Nutshell his landing ship, are sent to discover what it is that all these machines are still doing–now that they’ve been abandoned by their owners. First contact comes not by hand of man, but by metal of machine.