Relics of Andromeda
by Jonathan Michael Erickson
Anka has believed the stories since childhood: the alien relics bring ruin and madness. Ancient pieces of technology that seem to have minds of their own, the relics interface with human psychology, granting the power to bend space and time—and often inducing psychosis. When the early colonists of Andromeda discovered the relics human civilization plunged into chaos.
Now Anka is carrying a relic in her pack, tasked with the duty of securing the object before it can do any harm. She and her companions set out across the desert by foot, marching towards the distant city— even as the relic begins to whisper in her mind…