Incident on a Small Colony

Incident on a Small Colony

by Kristine Smith

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Set several years before Jani's exploits in Code of Conduct, "Incident on a Small Colony" is a riveting introduction to Jani Kilian, the worlds of the human Commonwealth and the alien idomeni, and the cost of being true to one's self.


Jani Kilian—broke, tired, and on the run from the Commonwealth Service—hopes that a short stint working at a shipping company on an out-of-the-way colonial station will provide her some things she badly needs. Money. A place to hide. A little peace.

But all too soon, she is drawn into the staff's habit of making the payroll by diverting cargo, and her offers to help smooth the process only feed her coworkers' suspicions that their unusually competent documents technician is a government spy.

Then there are the hallucinations, a side effect of Service brain augmentation — Jani assumes she's seeing things when she first encounters a young girl in the station bathroom. But not only does the child turn out to be very real, she is on the run herself and in need of serious medical treatment. As Jani is drawn into the deepening crisis, she realizes yet again that no matter how far she runs, her past is never far behind.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161406243
Publisher: BookView Cafe
Publication date: 08/21/2019
Series: The Jani Kilian Chronicles
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 648,079
File size: 427 KB

About the Author

Kristine Smith is the author of the Jani Kilian series and other science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories under her own name. As Alex Gordon, she has written the supernatural thrillers Gideon and Jericho. Her fiction has been nominated for the Locus Award for First Novel, Philip K. Dick Memorial Award and the IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, and she was the 2001 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she spent 26 years working in pharmaceutical product R&D. She was born in the Northeast, grew up in the South, and currently lives in the Midwest.

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