By Barry B. Longyear
Darkish Corners is a suite of adventures in minds human and except human. a number of the voyages are appealing, inspiring, a few are humorous, a few are unhappy, and a few are extraordinarily harmful and scary. those are tales of sufferers, therapists, counselors, gods, and people easily enjoying the easiest hand they could with the playing cards they have been dealt. "Longyear's impassioned depiction of the several different types of abuses that could tear a brain aside, even if human or android, indicates own event with expiating own demons." —Locus "For these drawn to technological know-how fiction, Barry B. Longyear is needed reading." —Philadelphia Inquirer
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Don’t exaggerate, Moses. I was only about number five—and standards were miserably low toward the end. ” “I don’t suppose you’ve thought of teaching Brant,” Kaldor said mischievously. ” There was a brief silence. ” Loren turned to Kaldor. ” he asked in mock seriousness. ” “I shouldn’t worry,” Kaldor answered helpfully. ” 18. KUMAR Only one tragedy had darkened Kumar Leonidas’s eighteen years of life; he would always be ten centimeters shorter than his heart’s desire. It was not surprising that his nickname was “The Little Lion”—though very few dared use it to his face.
From the center of the sphere, ever more complex forms appeared, expanded out of sight, and were replaced by others. In one witty sequence, single-celled creatures were shown climbing a spiral staircase, recognizable at once as a representation of the DNA molecule. With each step, something new was added; within a few minutes, the display had encompassed the four-billion-year odyssey from amoeba to man. Then the artist tried to go beyond, and Kaldor lost him. The contortions of the fluorescent gas became too complex and too abstract.
Cheap, easily worked, and surprisingly strong! This blunt cone is what our little iceberg looked like when we left the Solar System two hundred years ago. ” The image flickered, then reappeared. The ship was unchanged, but the cone floating ahead of it had shrunk to a thin disc. “That’s the result of drilling a hole fifty light-years long through this rather dusty sector of the galaxy. I’m pleased to say the rate of ablation is within five percent of estimate, so we were never in any danger —though of course there was always the remote possibility that we might hit something really big.