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A sci fi adventure tackling questions of who we are, what is human, and how far would we go to stay alive?
Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous—even suicidal— the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. Mickey signed on to escape from both bad debts and boredom on Midgard. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal… and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it.
On a fairly routine scouting mission, Mickey7 goes missing and is presumed dead. By the time he returns to the colony base, surprisingly helped back by native life, Mickey7’s fate has been sealed. There’s a new clone, Mickey8, reporting for Expendable duties. While Expendables make most of the crew nervous, the idea of duplicates is universally loathed. If caught, they will likely be thrown into the recycler for protein.
Mickey7 must keep his double a secret from the rest of the colony. That includes everyone from best friend and combat pilot Berto to his Expendable-hating superior Commander Marshall. Meanwhile, life on Niflheim is getting worse. Niflheim’s atmosphere is unsuitable for humans, food is in short supply and terraforming is going poorly. The native species that had helped Mickey survive his scouting mission, known to the colonizers as Critters, are growing curious about their new neighbors. And that curiosity has Commander Marshall very afraid. Ultimately, the survival of both lifeforms will come down to Mickey7. That is, if he can just keep from dying for good.