By Jay Lake
A story of magic, revenge, and sour death—on the rain-spattered streets of the good urban. this is often epic delusion 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 received 2004's John W. Campbell Award for top New author. His novels contain Mainspring, Escapement, Pinion, and Green. the realm of Green is additionally the environment for "A Water Matter."
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So you should have smacked him. ” He sighed again. “Now I’ve got to do it. Dr. ” “ ‘Yes, sir,’ my aching head. This isn’t a ship; it’s a confounded nursery. ” “I wondered. ’ “ He eyed me. I didn’t answer. I felt sheepish about it. “In any case, they won’t again. ” He frowned. “I’m moving Dusty into the room across from my cabin. If Dusty will leave you alone, you let him alone. If he won’t… well, use your judgment, bearing in mind that you are responsible for your actions-but remember that I don’t expect any man to be a doormat.
We’ve been thirteen months in the ship by S-time and a lot has IXRELATIVES happened. Pat getting married-no, that didn’t happen in the ship and it’s the wrong place to start. Maybe the place to start is with another marriage, when Chet Travers married Mei-Ling Jones. It met with wide approval, except on the part of one of the engineers who was sweet on her himself. It caused us freaks and the electron pushers to bury the hatchet to have one of us marry one of them, especially when Commander Frick came down the aisle in the mess room with the bride on his arm, looking as proud and solemn as if she had been his daughter.
XRELATIONS XRELATIONS There have been a lot of changes around the Elsie. For one thing we are over the hump now and backing down the other side, decelerating as fast as we boosted; we’ll be at Tau Ceti in about six months, ship’s time. But I am getting ahead of myself. It has been about a year, S-time, since I started this, and about twelve years, Earth time, since we left Earth. But forget E-time; it doesn’t mean anything. We’ve been thirteen months in the ship by S-time and a lot has IXRELATIVES happened.
A Water Matter by Jay Lake