New PDF release: A Water Matter

By Jay Lake

A story of magic, revenge, and sour death—on the rain-spattered streets of the nice urban. this is often epic myth now not "in the culture of Tolkien," yet, in its place, 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 usually the atmosphere for "A Water Matter."

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She felt John Paul's hand on her shoulder. She shrugged it off. His hand returned, stroking her arm as she lay there, facing away from him, crying because she knew she had already lost the argument, crying because she wasn't even on her own side in their quarrel. " "If he comes home, his life belongs to whatever government has the power to protect him and use him—or kill him. He's the single most important asset surviving from the war. The great weapon. That's all he'll be—that and such a celebrity he can't possibly have a normal childhood anyway.

Divided the galaxy between us? Live and let live? In any of these battles, Ender knew that if he had seen a sign of an effort to communicate, he would have known instantly that it wasn't a game—there would have been no reason for the teachers to simulate any attempt to parley. They didn't regard that as Ender's business—they wouldn't train him for it. If some effort at communication had really happened, surely the adults would have stopped Ender at once, pretended that the "exercise" was over, and tried to deal with it on their own.

When Ender was here—not even a whole year ago—when Val went to the lake and spent those hours with him, Ender seemed so old. Playful sometimes, yes, but he felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. Now the burden had been taken off—but the aftermath would cling to him, would tie him down, tear down his life. The years of childhood were gone. Period. Ender didn't get to be a little boy growing up into an adolescent in his father's and mother's house. He was already an adolescent now—in years and hormones—and an adult in the responsibilities he'd borne.

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