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By Peter Watts

Combining advanced technological know-how with skillfully achieved prose, those edgy, award-winning stories discover the transferring border among the recognized and the alien. the wonder and peril of know-how and the eagerness and consequences of conviction merge in narratives which are via turns darkish, satiric, and introspective. between those daring storylines: a doubtless humanized monster from John Carpenter’s The Thing finds the real villains in an Antarctic showdown; a synthetic intelligence shields a biologically better prodigy from her crushed mom and dad; a deep-sea diver discovers her actual nature lies no longer in the confines of her venture yet within the depths of her psyche; a courtroom psychologist analyzes a psychotic graduate pupil who has realized to reprogram fact itself; and a father attempts to carry his damaged kin jointly within the wake of an ongoing attack via sentient rainstorms. Gorgeously saturnine and tremendously strong, those accrued fictions are either intensely thought-provoking and very unlikely to forget.

Contents

"The Things"
"The Island"
"The moment Coming of Jasmine Fitzgerald"
"A observe for Heathens"
"Home"
"The Eyes of God"
"Flesh Made Word"
"Nimbus"
"Mayfly" (with Derryl Murphy)
"Ambassador"
"Hillcrest vs. Velikovsky"
"Repeating the Past"
"A Niche"
"Outtro: En path to Dystopia with the indignant Optimist"

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And we succeeded. The vessel of the Alchemaitres' evil, the Godhead as they dared to call it, was shattered. ' smirked the Master. 'No, sir. That's true. Even in pieces, the Godhead itself resisted. So each separate shard was hurled at random back into the past. ' 'And you got the short straw, Wainwright,' he observed. ' She rose from her seat and moved towards the high window. A squall of rain was dashing against the glass. The rippled light marbled her stony face with tears that her old eyes were too dry to weep.

By the time I'd got it free,' Ketters continued, 'I didn't have enough time to open it properly. I dived out as the old girl hit the trees, and managed to land in some ornamental lake they've got back there. ' He swivelled the gun to aim upwards and began shooting down the few humanoid guards who remained to get airborne. ' 'Passable, old chap,' said the Fallen Angel, and took a deep breath. There were close shaves, and there were close shaves. The firing stopped. The Fallen Angel could feel the heat radiating from the metal of the gun.

Is this what you come to look at every day? Something that isn't there? ' 'Of course it's there. But there's a high-tension Time Brace around it. At any given moment, the tektite is five seconds ahead of us in Real Time. Therefore the image we see is of the tektite five seconds ago. And I cannot reach it. ' She was incredulous. ' The Master looked a little shifty. 'Perhaps. But not all the diamonds or gold or bootleg liquor on this miserable planet would give me a billionth of the power held in this single chunk of rock!

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