Free Floaters

2002-08Walker & Keenan NovellaAsimov's Science Fiction, August 2002

Stars and Gods
Walker & Keenan Collaboration, co-written with Brenda Cooper. Sequel to Ice and Mirrors

Published in Asimov's August 2002. Larry Niven teams with writer Brenda Cooper once again in this sequel to "Ice and Mirrors," featuring a small crew being sent to make contact with an alien species for the purposes of trade. This particular species lives in a habitable cloud band on a jovian-type planet or "free floater", i.e. a planet which has formed out of an interstellar cloud without the accompanying heat and light of a star system.