By Alastair Reynolds
Mankind has persevered centuries of terrible plague and a very brutal interstellar battle . . . yet there's nonetheless no time for peace and quiet. Stirred from aeons of sleep, the Inhibitors - old alien killing machines - have started the method of ridding the galaxy of its newest emergent intelligence: mankind. As a ragtag bag of refugees fleeing the 1st wave of the cull head in the direction of an it sounds as if insignificant moon light-years away, they observe an avenging angel, a woman born in ice. She has the facility to guide mankind to protection, and the facility to attract down their darkest enemy. And on a planet the place enormous traveling cathedrals move slowly in the direction of the treacherous fissure often called Absolution hole, an unsettling fact turns into obvious: to overcome one enemy, it can be essential to forge an alliance with anything a lot, a lot worse . . .
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He made Dad twist his legs, made Mum hold her neck at an awkward angle, and made me fix a quite insane smile on my face. After much fussing, the photographer proceeded to embark on his own set of dramatic poses. He crouched, stood on tiptoes, knelt, climbed on a chair, and even seemed to imitate an eagle in flight. He drank generously from a bottle of beer. ’ While we played around with theword, fishinghumour out of its strangeness, hetook the first picture. When the camera flashed, followed by an odd explosion, ghosts emerged from the light and melted, stunned, at his feet.
He went back to the chair and smoked some more and I could measure the sadness of his thoughts by the way he dragged on the cigarette and the way he sighed while exhaling. I watched the bright point of his cigarette in the dark and it eventually lulled me into Madame Koto’s bar. Dad was there. The bar had moved deep into the forest and all her customers were animals and birds. I sat on a bench which was really the back of a goat and I drank off the back of a bull. A massive chicken without feathers strode into the bar, sat next to me, and ordered palm-wine and peppersoup.
Yes, of course. ’There was a pause. I looked hard at the riddle who stood before me. He stared hard at me too. ‘You look like me,’ I said. ‘It’s you who looks like me,’ he replied. ’ I looked where he was pointing and I saw the dog I had followed earlier. When I looked back at the other person who was me, he had gone. I followed the dog. We went down the path for some time. There were blue strips of cloth on the trees. Ihadbeenkeepingmy eyes on the path, making sure I didn’t deviate from it, and I didn’t notice when we broke out of the forest.