Today's recommendsday review is the short story Silver Lining by Tim Pratt.
Even ordinarily, cloudmining can be dangerous -- those silver linings are heavy and potentially lethal -- but it's nothing compared being a cloudminer on the run.
The idea behind this short story is amazing. Everyone knows the saying "every cloud has a silver lining." Well, this story takes that saying literally. In this world, the silver deposits found in cloud banks keep them from flying away. That silver can be mined, but the mining of it is illegal because once the silver is gone, the cloudstuff floats away and changes the weather patterns, turning the earth beneath the clouds to desert.
But there are other ways of using clouds to destroy the earth, and that's why the lead of this particular story is on the run. I don't want to give away the ending, because it's such a short story the ending can be reached quickly.
Fascinating story. I'd like to read a full length novel set in this world.