By James Morrow
A darkly comedian story of 1 survivor’s accidental collaboration with the architects of a nuclear holocaust—and his astonishing adventures within the post-apocalyptic world
George Paxton is a straightforward guy, chuffed sufficient along with his activity carving inscriptions on gravestones. All he wishes is a high-tech survival garment—a scopas suit—to shield his loved daughter within the occasion of nuclear Armageddon. but if George eventually acquires the coveted go well with, the deal comes with a seize: He needs to signal a revenues agreement admitting to his complicity within the nuclear hands race among the U.S. and the Soviets.
Inevitably, the bombs fall, and our hero unearths himself imprisoned on a submarine headed for Antarctica, the place he and 5 different survivors will stand trial for “crimes opposed to humanity.” George Paxton’s accusers are not any usual plaintiffs: they're “the unadmitted,” capability humans whose hypothetical lives have been canceled consequently of humankind’s self-extinction. within the months that persist with, George’s darkish trip will take him during the hellscape that used to be the Earth, via a human prior that has turn into as unthinkable because the human destiny, to his day in court docket ahead of the South Pole tribunal, and at last into the insupportable middle of loss.
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But he still did not know where he was, and the speaker at the other end of the circuit must have understood his situation completely. "Don't worry, Dave. This is Frank Poole. I'm watching your heart and respiration-everything is perfectly normal. Just relax – take it easy. " Soft light flooded into the chamber; he saw moving shapes silhouetted against the widening entrance. And in that moment, all his memories came back to him, and be knew exactly where he was. Though he had come back safely from the furthest borders of sleep, and the nearest borders of death, he had been gone only a week.
At the end of the hundred days, Discovery would close down. All the crew would go into hibernation; only the essential systems would continue to operate, watched over by the ship's tireless electronic brain. She would continue to swing around Saturn, on an orbit now so well determined that men would know exactly where to look for her a thousand years hence. But in only five years, according to present plans, Discovery II would come. Even if six or seven or eight years elapsed, her sleeping passengers would never know the difference.
When Bowman used the highest magnification of Discovery's telescopes, he appeared to be hanging above a slightly flattened globe, looking down upon a vista of racing clouds that had been smeared into bands by the giant world's swift rotation. Sometimes those bands congealed into wisps and knots and continent-sized masses of colored vapor; sometimes they were linked by transient bridges thousands of miles in length. Hidden beneath those clouds was enough material to outweigh all the other planets in the Solar System.
This Is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow