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Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand

By Elizabeth Hand

400 years after the 3rd Shining, Hobi, Reive, Tast'annin, and Nefertity arrange for the prophesied cave in of Araboth, the domed city-state most likely holding its voters from the alleged horrors of the skin.

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It was curious Alex was such a knowledgeable and compliant participant in a Chinese lab. His petulance at my Cryonic 37 question amplified my suspicion. I leaned forward carefully and spoke with accentuated base, “Well, Al, seems to me you are well versed in the interests and activities of the Chinese. And here you are, in their lab, helping them with their little science project. So, I need to know what your deal is. ” Alex sighed deeply before he spoke. ” Then he stood up and worked his way toward the hallway, speaking hurriedly while motioning for me to follow.

Yes, their offer appeared genuine and most generous. China is not the country you knew. Their economy dwarfed ours long before the tsunami hit. They had tamed inflation, overpopulation . . even their massive appetite for natural resources wasn’t able to hold them back. China had become the world’s premier superpower, and they acted the part. ” I dropped the chopsticks onto my plate with a loud ping. I’d wiped the plate clean while listening to Alex and wasn’t sure what to do with it. The plate and chopsticks were made of ceramic that didn’t seem disposable.

The same arm reached over and grabbed hold of one of the men in white coats. Elliott pulled the man backwards until he fell on top of him and then he wrapped his other arm around the man and held him tight. Once Elliott had a good hold on him, he took a vicious bite out of the man’s neck. I ran over to Elliott’s bed on instinct, more for Elliott’s sake than anything. If he wanted to maul our captors, that was fine with me, I just wanted to make sure they didn’t retaliate. The doctors ran to their colleague’s aid.

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