Miner. Harvester. Mechanic. Sanitation Worker. These are not the typical careers of your average science fiction protagonists. Until now.Crossed Genres presents MENIAL: Skilled Labor in Science Fiction, an anthology of seventeen stories about the people who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.From the literal guts of a spaceship, to the energy-starved lands of a future Earth, to the inhospitable surfaces of other planets, MENIAL explores the stories of people who understand and maintain the building blocks of civilization. They work hard, live hard, and love hard. They're not afraid to build the future they want to live in, even knowing the often high human cost of hard labor.