By The Red Giant's Light
|2017-11||stand-alone||Short Story||The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2017|
|The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF: Volume 4, David Afsharirad, Ed., Baen 2018||Darby, "Frankenstein"||Niven continues to demonstrate that he thinks on the largest possible scale, as characters with lifespans of eons observe the death of planets.|
|In the far distant future, two odd companions observe the red giant known as Sol from a safe distance on Pluto. Darby is post-human, capable of surviving on her own for many years in Pluto's harsh environment; the robot she dubs Frankenstein was sent by agents unknown to observe as Mercury makes its final plunge into the swollen sun. Darby must find a way to convince Frank to help help divert a comet that threatens to smash into Pluto and destroy them both.|
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