Denner's Wreck Author:Lawrence Watt Evans Humans had come to the world called Denner's Wreck 1,000 years ago. The crash landing which earned the planet its name left them stranded with limited resources, and though they survived, it was at the cost of all technology. Yet they didn't feel the loss for long, quickly finding peace and happiness in their forests and fields. — Centuries late,... more » however, a holiday expedition of virtually immortal beings from Terra sought out Denner's Wreck...and decided to stay for an open-ended vacation. With sophisticated Als to fulfill their every need, multi-function robots to maintain their households, and bioengineered bacterial colonies to keep them healthy and eternally young, they appeared to the original settlers like some wondrous demi-gods. And so they became known as Powers, and legends about them grew and spread-tales of both the perils and rewards ordinary people might encounter when dealing with these unprecitable deities.
Then the Power known as Geste the Trickster played one of his infamous jokes upon a young native hunter named Bredon, and both legend and life began to change. For in order to make up for the inconvenience his joke had caused, Geste offered to grant Bredon one wish. And what Bredon desired was to meet that most beautiful of all the Powers, Lady Sunlight.
Geste quickly agreed, seeing in Bredon's wish a precious opportunity to play a trick on the aloof Lady, but he soon discovered just how difficult it would be to fulfill the mortal's request. For Lady Sunlight had disappeared!
Eager to find her yet unable to enlist the aid of his fellow Powers, it didn't occur to the Trickster that an ignorant young native like Bredon could possibly be of any help in locating the Lady. But he learned never to underestimate a man in love, just because he was short-lived.« less