When mankind reaches far out into the universe to find other life forms it may first find machines. A string of planets on the outer edges of the Milky Way contain the mechanical workers of an ancient alien civilization. Calvin, an exploratory rover coupled with, Nutshell, his landing ship, are sent to discover what all these machines are still doing–now that they’ve been abandoned by their alien owners. First contact comes not by hand of man, but by metal of machine.
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The Energy Scavengers
This short story is classic science fiction. It ends in a strange place, but the meat of the story is solid. I just urge the author to expand on it, and make a novella with a well thought out ending. This story deserves to be wholly expanded.