Survival of the Fittest

Mary Alice Kropp
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 A hundred years after Earth’s final environmental collapse, the human population is scattered, living in deep caves or underground to escape the heat and radiation that still ravage the planet. But some species adapted better to the changes. Sam, a genetically engineered lizard, is part of an ongoing program to discover what allowed his kind to evolve so quickly. Intelligent, able to communicate, and make decisions, is Sam a person or an experiment? When another survivor of the devastation threatens the promising food crops being developed, Sam may be given the chance to prove himself.

 

“Survival of the Fittest” is a short novelette, set in a future dystopian Earth, where humans have caused the destruction of much of the climate. 
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M.A. Kropp is married, has three grown daughters and three awesome grandchildren, and lives in NH near many apple orchards. She also has cats, a dog, several aquariums and an outdoor goldfish pond, and chickens. When she is not writing, she has competed in International Chili Society sanctioned chili cook offs, and now serves as Chief Scorekeeper at many events. She has also been accused of reading anything that appears before her eyes: books, old newspapers, cereal boxes, and, yes, even the instruction manuals that come with stuff. Most of all, she enjoys good food, good wine (and other spirits), and good company.

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Mary Alice Kropp
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Published on
Jun 1, 2015
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Pages
13
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ISBN
9781311613363
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English
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Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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This content is DRM free.
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