The year AD 5408. Earth is left devastated by centuries of brutal alien occupation.
But now the overlords have been driven away. On Earth, factions struggle for power, and to restore mankind's fortunes.
Hama Druz - young, idealistic - is assigned by the ruling Coalition to investigate the affairs of the surviving 'pharaohs'. These ancients have been kept alive by a longevity technology banned by the occupation authorities, but granted to the pharaohs in return for their collaboration. In the crowded, angry squalor of an alien-built city, Hama is confronted by a pharaoh - Gemo Cana - who presents him with moral complexities Hama never imagined.
Soon Hama's mission takes him far from Earth. On Jupiter's frozen moon Callisto, another immortal has been labouring for centuries over a secretive scientific project which might provide mankind with great opportunities... or unimaginable dangers.
Hama finds himself at a pivot of history, as mankind confronts the complexity of its past and the challenge of a dangerous future.
Published in the anthology Futures.
Original title: Reality Dust
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction