Dirt Moon by Dan Koboldt

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: 2016 in Hyperpowers (Third Flatiron Anthologies Book 16)

Genre: military scifi short story

Setting: some random moon, far future

Summary: Our narrator is leading a landing mission on a moon, securing it for future uses. His team starts getting taken out so he calls in backup. Unfortunately, it’s underground worms attacking his troops and his backup is too far away. He gets a couple of people off the moon, but most die.

Final thoughts: There’s nothing fancy about this story. It’s a straight, shoot-’em-up, who’s going to die, who’s going to make it story. I’m not sure I’ve read anything in this niche genre so short before, but you don’t need much background to set up the plot, so it worked. Just don’t expect deep thoughts.

Title comes from: The setting. The narrator calls the location they’ve been dropped as a dirt-moon.

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