We all know how the story of Project Poonga ends: with a band of gentle gardener robots, marooned on a faraway jungle-covered asteroid, bereft of any hope of rescue. The MAA-LEE droids have achieved iconic status, familiar in popular culture throughout the Local Group. We know them as tragic figures, lost and famously doomed. Their small rock orbits a neutron star in the globular cluster M4 which will one day become an X-ray burster, certain to destroy them all... if the robots don’t perish first from radioactive decay.
But what of the project’s beginning?
Avakkai & Chukka explore the history of the stranded mechanical gardeners and the mysterious communiqués they have sent to Samudra Rani, the 25th century's most popular pop star and revolutionary.
Also available as an ebook.
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