By John Crowley
In a twilight land, warring powers -- the Reds and the Blacks -- play out an old online game of homicide and betrayal. Then a customer from past the sky arrives to play an element during this darkish bloody competition. From the instant he's came upon through ladies who are inclined to the useless within the wake of battles, it's transparent that the nice online game is to alter at last.
It is the day after the next day, and society has been altered dramatically through experimentation that permits scientists to mix the genetic fabric of alternative species, blending DNA of people with animals. Loren Casaubon is an ethologist drawn into the political and social vortex that effects with Leo -- a creature either guy and lion -- at its center.
A younger guy named Rush That Speaks is growing to be up in a much far away global -- one who basically dimly recalls our personal age, the wondrous age of the Angels, whilst males may well fly. Now it's the "engine summer season of the world," and Rush is going looking for the Saints who can train him to talk honestly, and be immortal within the tales he tells. The immortality that awaits him, although, is one he couldn't have imagined.
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Asking harder questions won’t help. If she’s got a photographic memory, she’ll know anything we throw at her, and if she doesn’t, and we ask her some obscure question about one of the reporters Mencken worked with at the Morning 56 InsideJob_interior 4/14/05 9:23 PM Page 57 INSIDE JOB Herald, or one of his Smart Set essays, she can say she doesn’t remember, and it won’t prove anything. ” “I’m not talking about facts and figures, Rob,” Kildy said. ” I thought of the first time I met Kildy, looking up from my desk to see her standing there, with her blonde hair and that movie-star smile.
Ariaura has to be getting her information about Mencken from someplace,” I said. “We need to find out where. We need to check with bookstores and the library. And the internet,” I said, hoping that wasn’t what she was using. It would take forever to find out what sites she’d visited. ” Kildy asked. “I want you to go through the transcripts like you suggested and find out where the quotes came from so we’ll know the particular works we’re dealing with,” I told her. “And I want you to talk to your publicist and anybody else who’s been to the seminars and find out if any of them had a private enlightenment audience with Ariaura.
Someone with a photographic memory could make a killing as a fortuneteller or a medium, and there were no signs of a photographic memory in Ariaura’s channeling act—she spoke only in generalities. “Or she might be coming up with the answers some other way,” I said. “What if she isn’t, Rob? ” “Kildy, channels are fakes. ” “I know,” she said, “but his answers were so—” She shook her head. ” “But Ariaura’s a terrible actress. ” 54 InsideJob_interior 4/14/05 9:23 PM Page 55 INSIDE JOB “All right,” I said.
Otherwise: Three Novels by John Crowley