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The Emperor’s Heart – wuxia in space

July 26, 2007

Warriors and blades danced between the hurtling ice atop the starship as it plummeted through the planet’s frozen rings.

He placed the chess piece with care. “They cannot be fought at this time, but that does not mean we cannot win.”

Shocked, both men stood amazed as their swords were deflected at the last moment before she said, “I made a promise. To both of you. And myself.”

The thing glided across the floor with a muffled whirr and a click emanating somewhere under the endless robes. He shuddered, for though it immortal, it was anything but human.

A thousand metal feet stopped in unison, a thousand metal hands drew a thousand swords. “If there is no hell for machines, I will make one tonight!” she laughed.

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