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By Brian W. Aldiss

From the writer of DRACULA UNBOUND and A ROMANCE OF THE EQUATOR, a technological know-how fiction novel during which humanity in the world has turn into sterile due to radiation from atomic trying out in area, and the getting older inhabitants ekes out an lifestyles within the face of nature which now reclaims the cities and villages with wild crops.

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Was the approximation of what Jase retorted. Jase clearly wasn't in a mood for mild corrections. A servant was fighting laughter. "You know it's important," Bren corrected him, deadpan, deciding on confrontation. "Damn," Jase said, and pushed his plate back in the beginnings of what could become an outburst. Bren thought, having grown tolerably cold-blooded over the course of several months of Jase's temper-fits, thank goodness he'd gotten almost to dessert. He'd been hungry. And damn Jase anyway.

The Bergid snowed in the window, hazy mountains, still white with winter, the continental divide. Forest showed, blue-green and likewise hazed—but that haze was pollen and spores, as a lowland spring broke into bloom and the endless forests of atevi hunting preserves, like the creatures that lived within that haze, reproduced themselves with wild abandon. The fields came clear, the little agricultural land that developers had left around burgeoning Shejidan. And there were the stubbornly held garden plots clinging to hillsides—always the gardens: the Ragi atevi were keen diggers and planters, even the aristocrats among them.

And the assassination to the south had changed the numbers. Tabini and the ATC authority had fought that battle for years, particularly trying to impress the facts of physics on lords used to being immune to lawsuit. There were laws. There were ATC regulations. There was the aiji's express displeasure at such violations, and there was the outstanding example of the Weinathi Bridge disaster for a cautionary tale. Security today had been very careful to move the aiji's private plane onto a flight path usually followed by slower-moving commercial air… for the paidhi's safety.

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