Year's Best SF 6 (SFBC Edition)

Year's Best SF 6 (SFBC Edition)

Language: English

Pages: 500

ISBN: 0739418564

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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had the appearance of a man who’d been demonically confounded at every turn. If this was true, though, Stoney must have bought more with his soul than immunity from worldly authority. The knowledge itself had to be Satanic in origin, as the legend of Faustus described it. Tollers had been right, in his great essay “Mythopoesis”: myths were remnants of man’s pre-lapsarian capacity to apprehend, directly, the great truths of the world. Why else would they resonate in the imagination, and survive

spent the money already. We have the installation on Reinmuth. It’s working; all we have to do is wait for rendezvous. We achieved the goal, the bootstrap.” “It doesn’t matter,” she said gently, regretfully. “People are—not rational, Dan.” “And the future, the greater goal—” “We’re still engaged in a race between opportunity and catastrophe. We have to start again. Find some other way.” “This was the only chance. We just lost the race.” “I pray not,” she said heavily. “Look—do it with

expected, and I tried not to listen, trying not to feel anything at all. “This is my home, Timmy.” He meant the cottage, only he didn’t mean it. “You’re welcome to visit me any time. All right?” I didn’t answer. I shuffled outdoors, the air feeling a hundred degrees cooler. But Sam stayed inside, opening windows and dusting with his sleeves and thumbs. When I stepped off the groaning porch, he said, “Good-bye.” I might have muttered, “Bye.” I’m not sure. I went back to Grandma’s house,

you, as has often been my pleasure, to shake you all by the hand and thankyou for coming here tonight. I know that each and every one of you, whether you are numbered among my dearest friends and most loyal customers or whether you are visiting Trimalchio’s for the very first time, will be as sorry to hear this news as I am, but I beg you to be brave, and not to make a sad occasion sadder by weeping. I would like to be able to treasure the memory of these last few moments of my life as Jerome,

not to harm us, and we were confident that if the active cells—which weren’t really any more “alive” than a new set of Marks & Spencer underwear—had any perceptible effect at all, it would definitely be beneficial. I was always pretty fit, but I think I’ve been even healthier since I ate that meal. I know there’s more of a spring in my step, more zest for life. I’m more confident, too. It’s almost as if a weight that I didn’t even know I was carrying had been lifted from my shoulders. All

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