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Overcast 143: A Touch of Frost by Renee Stern

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A Touch of Frost by Renee Stern. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Renee Stern.  #scifi #agriculture #farming #tech #family #frost


The frost alarm tumbled Tristao out of his snug bed into the midnight chill of the farmhouse. He knuckled away the dream of a wild liberty weekend in Seattle and dropped into his battered computer chair, bringing up the sensor net before he remembered to silence the alarm and key in lights and coffee.

He blinked against the glare of the overhead light panels before blindly dialing down the brightness to a more comfortable level. The clock digits on the wall in front of him shone a brighter red: 0113. Two hours of sleep.

A coffee bulb slid out of the slot within easy reach of his left hand, just below the interactive map screen of his farm. He popped open the bulb, the spicy steam that curled around him jolting him a fraction more alert, and started a fast diag of essential systems.


Renee Stern’s short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and several small-press anthologies, including Human Tales and Looking Landwards. A freelance writer and former newspaper reporter, she now calls the Seattle area home.


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