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A Problem of Proportion (Old Man's War: The Human Division, by John Scalzi

By John Scalzi

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Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 2013-03-26
Number of Pages: 46
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books

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The 11th episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi's new thirteen-episode novel on the earth of his bestselling Old Man's War. starting on January 15, 2013, a brand new episode of The Human Division will seem in booklet shape each Tuesday.

A mystery backdoor assembly among Ambassador Ode Abumwe and the Conclave's Hafte Sorvalh seems to be below mystery as either one of their ships are attacked. It's a shock to either teams-but it's the id of the attacker that's the genuine shock, and indicates a chance to either humanity and The Conclave.

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He stepped up to her, lowering the bindle from his shoulder and setting it on the floor. ” “A few,” she answered. She wore a plastic nametag: NORENE. She looked pointedly at the box beneath his arm. “Do you keep records? Or—” “Not for public scrutiny, no,” she said curtly. ” “Maybe. ” “Used to. ” She frowned. ” “I found this,” he said, sliding the box onto the counter. “There was an address, but…” He let the sentence fade and waited for her to pick it up. 50 HOUR OF THE WOLF He made a show of looking around and spotted a calendar on the wall to the left.

Norene’s face showed disbelief and then joy. ” “Great. Let’s see about getting this taken care of first. ” After his daily cleaning, cooking, and front counter duties, he worked late into the night, every evening, for four days. He went through all the files, sorted out dead jackets from active, cleared space for new ones, then purged dated or useless material from everything. As he did, he read their contents. After Norene showed him the basics, he learned rapidly, and by the second night he knew the system.

He watched the string grow thicker, become the overwhelming fact of his perception, expanding to absorb his four dimensions into a point just inside the infinitely thin body of the string. A singularity within a singularity. Was that allowed? Could two singularities exist at the same point? Two particles could not occupy the same space at the same time, but a particle was not a singularity—nor was it separate from a frame. He saw…one vast color, a variation of sameness…All frame of reference was gone.

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