By Geoff Ryman

Chung Mae is the single connection her small farming village has to tradition of a much broader international past the fields and easy homes of her village. a brand new communications expertise is sweeping the realm and gives you to attach all people, all over the place with no energy traces, pcs, or machines. This know-how is Air. An preliminary trying out of Air is going disastrously mistaken and other people are killed from the surprise. to not be stopped Air is arriving without or with the blessing of Mae's village. Mae is the one one that understands find out how to harness Air and prepared her humans for it's arrival, yet will they pay attention prior to it's too past due?

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Oh Garden, oh my Garden, I’ll mourn forevermore Until the Gardeners arise, And you to Life restore. From The God’s Gardeners Oral Hymnbook THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD 1 TOBY YEAR TWENTY-FIVE, THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD In the early morning Toby climbs up to the rooftop to watch the sunrise. She uses a mop handle for balance: the elevator stopped working some time ago and the back stairs are slick with damp, so if she slips and topples there won’t be anyone to pick her up. As the first heat hits, mist rises from among the swath of trees between her and the derelict city.

But then, one day, when I was standing right where you are standing, devouring — yes! — devouring a SecretBurger, and revelling in the fat thereof, I saw a great Light. I heard a great Voice. ’“ “It said, Spare your fellow Creatures! Do not eat anything with a face! Do not kill your own Soul! And then …” Toby felt the crowd, the way they were poised to surge. They’d stomp this poor fool into the ground, and the little Gardener children with him. ” she said as loudly as she could. Adam One gave her a courtly little bow, a kindly smile.

Amanda told me that. I can’t see out the window, it’s glass brick. I can’t get out the door, it’s locked on the outside. I still have air though, and water, as long as the solar doesn’t quit. I still have food. I’m lucky. I’m really very lucky. Count your luck, Amanda used to say. So I do. First, I was lucky to be working here at Scales when the Flood hit. Second, it was even luckier that I was shut up this way in the Sticky Zone, because it kept me safe. I got a rip in my Biofilm Bodyglove — a client got carried away and bit me, right through the green sequins — and I was waiting for my test results.

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