The Verdant Gene

The Verdant Gene

The Verdant Gene

Short Story by Marcelle Dube

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A short story by the author of Backli’s Ford.

The colonists who landed on Verdant saw only a lush world teeming with life, a perfect place to set down roots and grow. They didn’t know the system’s double moons wreaked havoc at perigee every thirty-three years. Now, over a hundred years after the landing, Dr. Rachel Annalee and her colleagues find themselves in a desperate fight to adapt to a planet that has adapted all too well to them. They will have to work fast, before they lose everything to Cycle madness.

A story of love, courage and fear on a strange planet.


The Verdant Gene was originally published as part of WMG Publishing’s Fiction River series, in their Moonscapes anthology. As with all of Marcelle Dubé’s fiction, The Verdant Gene features strong characters facing difficult choices. Dubé is the author of the speculative fiction Backli’s Ford, Jilimar, Kirwan’s Son and Obeah, as well as the Mendenhall Mystery series. Learn more about her and her published work at