The Secret Beneath the Ice

The Secret Beneath the Ice is a short science fiction story by Andrew M. Crusoe, who has made it available as a free digital audiobook. The story is a prequel to his novel The Truth Beyond the Sky, which is part of his The Epic of Aravinda series.

When a thoughtship and its pilot finally reach Avani, the shimmering gem of the western spiral arm, they barely have a chance to marvel at its sapphire forests before they are ambushed by a mysterious enemy far beyond their understanding.

In the midst of the attack, a fragment is sliced off of the ship causing them to tumble out of control, down to the planet's surface. An ice-covered continent to the south is the only viable landing site, and what hides beneath may give them the chance to escape before isolation drives them mad.