By Jay Lake
A story of magic, revenge, and sour death—on the rain-spattered streets of the nice urban. this can be epic fable no longer "in the culture of Tolkien," yet, as an alternative, sensual, ominous, shot via with the sweat of worry and the intoxication of power.
One of the main prolific new writers of the last decade, Lake gained 2004's John W. Campbell Award for top New author. His novels comprise Mainspring, Escapement, Pinion, and Green. the area of Green can also be the atmosphere for "A Water Matter."
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Galactic President Random Dent. Her daughter. Simulcast from the University of Maximegalon live to an audience of five hundred billion. She was nervous. No, more than that. She was terrified. Trillian had not seen her daughter since… My God, she realized. I cannot remember precisely the last time I saw Random. Trillian tried to calm herself with ritual. ‘You’re looking good for an old bird,’ she said to the mirror. ’ said the mirror, obviously highly offended by what paraded before its sensors.
Trillian shuddered. As if morning sickness had not been bad enough without lo-grav thrown into the mix. Random had every right to feel displaced: her father was a test tube, her home planet, insofar as she had one, had been destroyed in several dimensions and her mother had taken one look at her and decided to vigorously pursue a career that would take her far from home for long periods. No wonder Random was a little frosty. President Random Dent sat cross-legged in a hovering egg chair onstage, chanting quietly.
Down with international conglomerates and all that. The future is yours. You will be Galactic President again. ’ Ford Prefect stepped into the conversation, waving his towel like a peace flag. ‘I hate to be the one leaving a bag of Sooflinian poo on your dream doorstep, but there may not be time to mount an election campaign for this particular planet. ’ Trillian asked Ford a question she had historically posed at least once per conversation. ’ Ford raised his hands high, like a preacher. ’ Guide Note: Throughout recorded history people have used constructs to avoid reality.
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