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Don’t breathe! The second Earth Girl prequel novella featuring Jarra.

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else uses interstellar portals to travel between hundreds of colony worlds, 17-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, abandoned by her parents to be raised a ward of Hospital Earth, she lives a regimented life in one of their impersonal residences.

Jarra is spending the summer at New York Fringe Dig Site with her school history club. While her friends search for lost treasures on the ground, Jarra is airborne in a survey plane and hoping to become a qualified pilot, but the sprawling ancient ruins of New York contain the lethal legacies of the past as well as its treasures.

EARTH AND AIR is the second of the prequel novellas set in the distant future of the Earth Girl trilogy and featuring Jarra. At over 60,000 words it is actually longer than standard novella length.


Jarra and her History Club are at New York Fringe Dig Site and Jarra must face her decision to concentrate on learning to fly instead of leading Team 1 as their Tag leader. In addition there are 3 very young new members of the club going to their first dig. One of the newbies uncomfortably reminds Jarra of herself when she went on her first dig. Since Jarra's lessons are only in the morning she spends the afternoon with the 3 newbies teaching.

Then disaster and the entire dig site has to emergency evacuate which leaves Jarra coping with her 3 very young and very scared trainees.

Valeska and Gradin return in this novella. Crozier, Jarra's History teacher is introduced.


Earth Girl Prequel Novellas Characters