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The Eightfold Career Path; or Invisible Duties

The Eightfold Career Path; or Invisible Duties


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 075640147
Year of publication: 2003

The Eightfold Career Path or Invisible Duties by James Alan Gardner HELP WANTEDRACONTEUR Open-minded and gritty traveler, to recount his adventures through the universe, with particular attention to enlightenment and the varied roles taken on by members of the local population. Must have own transportation, health insurance, and excellent speaking voice. Wide knowledge of Buddhist and other teachings an asset. Apply in person for an audience at the Emperors Court. After Marco Polo has described ...

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Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream

Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 9780060087708
Year of publication: 2005

Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream by James Alan Gardner 1. Concerning an Arrangement of Lenses, So Fashioned as to Magnify the View of Divers Animalcules, Too Tiny to be Seen with the Unaided Eye: His Holiness, Supreme Patriarch Septus XXIV, was an expert on chains. By holy law, chains were required on every defendant brought to the Court Immaculate. However, my Lord the Jailer could exercise great latitude in choosing which chains went on which prisoners. A man ...

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The Young Person's Guide to the Organism

The Young Person's Guide to the Organism


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 9780060087708
Year of publication: 2005

The Young Persons Guide to the Organism Variations and Fugue on a Classical Theme by James Alan Gardner THEME: ORGANISM ALLEGRO MAESTOSO E LARGAMENTE WITH GOOD SPEED, MAJESTIC AND SWEEPING A treat. Come to the window. An Organism is passing the Outpost. There, where my claw points. It is very faint. It is nearly invisible because its skin absorbs almost all the electromagnetic radiation it receives. Do you know what I mean by electromagnetic radiation And what else besides light And what else ...

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The Reckoning of Gifts

The Reckoning of Gifts


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 9780060087708
Year of publication: 2005

The Reckoning of Gifts by James Alan Gardner A junior cook brushes against the soup cauldron, hot, searing hot. He curses. The kitchen noise strangles to horrified silence. Profanity is always dangerous here on temple grounds, and the danger is multiplied a thousandfold by the proximity of holy objects. The cauldron holds the high priests soup. A potboy screams out the door for an exorcist, but he knows its too late: the words have ripped the amniotic sac that protects our world from the chaos ...

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Shadow Album

Shadow Album


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 9780060087708
Year of publication: 2005

Shadow Album by James Alan Gardner In the deserted city at the heart of Mutas Great Fog Bank, there is a sundial. Its face is marble, once polished, now rough and pitted with age. The metal of the central gnomon flakes with rust it has bled a dull brown stain across the dials gritty white face. The sundial no longer tells the timethe perpetual fog smears Mutas hot blue sunlight into a diffuse gray that casts no shadows, even at midday. I visit the sundial often the sight of it calms me when the ...

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Sense of Wonder

Sense of Wonder


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 9780060087708
Year of publication: 2005

Sense of Wonder by James Alan Gardner After school, 4:30 P.M. Nicholas: How bout the collision of two Dyson spheres Brendan: Bor-ring. N: Two sentient Dyson spheres. B: How can a Dyson sphere be sentient Its just, like, a shell with a sun inside. N: Both spheres are made of nanotech. You know Little microscopic robots and theyre all linked into big hive-minds. B: So the spheres are big computers N: Hive-minds. Because each nanite is sentient on its own. Each one is way smarter than humans to ...

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Lesser Figures of the Greater Trumps

Lesser Figures of the Greater Trumps


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 9780060087708
Year of publication: 2005

Lesser Figures of the Greater Trumps by James Alan Gardner The Greater Trumps are the major Arcana of the tarot. This piece is based on pictures from the classic Rider-Waite deck. 0. The Fools Dog: He smells interesting. Like a long walk and sweaty. Like sex too. His crotch smells like sex. I like the smell. I push up against him to remind myself of the fragrance. A little while later Im not sure I still remember it exactly, so I push up against him again. I wonder who the woman was. I wonder ...

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Hardware Scenario G-49

Hardware Scenario G-49


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 9780060087708
Year of publication: 2005

Hardware Scenario G-49 by James Alan Gardner There are few human beings who would not fit into a box eight feet long, four feet wide, and four feet high. Construct such boxes. Wire them, pipe them, tube them to provide even temperature, nutrition, and air. Dont forget sluices for the elimination of waste. Do something about exhaled carbon dioxide. Come up with neural inhibitors to prevent movement and sensation. Install epidermal scrapers to remove skin as it flakes off. Add whatever else seems ...

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Federations

Federations


Robert J Sawyer
James Alan Gardner
Robert Silverberg
John Joseph Adams
George R R Martin
Orson Scott Card
Harry Turtledove
Kevin J Anderson
Doug Beason
Trent Hergenrader
ALAN DEAN FOSTER
Alastair Reynolds
Allen Steele
Catherynne M Valente
Genevieve Valentine
Anne McCaffrey
L E Modesitt
John C Wright
Mary Rosenblum
S L Gilbow
Jeremiah Tolbert
Lois McMaster Bujold
K Tempest Bradford
George Guthridge
Yoon Ha Lee
Georgina Li

ISBN: 9781607012016
Year of publication: 2009

FEDERATIONS An anthology of stories edited by John Joseph Adams Cover art by Sergoe Cover design by Stephen H. Segal Ebook design by Neil Clarke INTRODUCTION by John Joseph Adams Its safe to say that without Star Wars and Star Trek, I might have never become a science fiction fan. When I was a kid, it was those movies and television shows that first interested me in the genre. And when I tested the waters of science fiction reading, some of the first books I bought with my own money were Star ...

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The Children of the Crèche

The Children of the Crèche


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 0060087706
Year of publication: 2005

The Children of the Crche And so its good-bye to New Earth and BINK hello to Crche. Inter-World VacLines is such a mind-slogging Mom-And-Pop outfit that they think their good-byehello trick is cute. Halfway through the welcoming spiel from the burstingly mammalian Coffee-Tea-or-Kama-Sutra Flight Hostess... and speaking of sexual pandering, Inter-World, must we be so heavy-handed with the airborne pheromones in the cabin I for one am more comfortable buckling up the seat belt when I dont have a ...

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Muffin Explains Teleology to the World at Large

Muffin Explains Teleology to the World at Large


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 0060087706
Year of publication: 2005

Muffin Explains Teleology to the World at Large I told my kid sister Muffin this joke. There was this orchestra, and they were playing music, and all the violins were bowing and moving their fingers, except for this one guy who just played the same note over and over again. Someone asked the guy why he wasnt playing like the others and he said, Theyre all looking for the note. Ive found it. Muffin, whos only six, told me the joke wasnt funny if you understood teleology. I never know where she ...

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Radiant

Radiant


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 0060595264
Year of publication: 2004

Radiant by James Alan Gardner To Bill and Veronica AUTHORS NOTE Thanks to the usual people: Linda Carson, Richard Curtis, Jennifer Brehl, and Diana Gill. Every writer needs good feedback, and yours has always been great. Some readers may ask, Why all the Buddhism Are you preaching something Not at all. First, youll see there are schemes afoot in the League of Peoples that are deliberately exploiting differences between Eastern and Western viewpoints. Yes, thats vague but I dont want to give too ...

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Trapped

Trapped


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 0380813300
Year of publication: 2002

Trapped byJames Alan Gardner To the writers of the Wooden Whale And to friend and former roommate Larry Hackman, who gave me the gloomy tag-line And, looking back at what had promised to be our own unique, unpredictable, and dangerous adventure, all we find in the end is such a series of standard metamorphoses as men and women have undergone in every quarter of the world, in all recorded centuries, and under every odd disguise of civilization. Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Were ...

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Ascending

Ascending


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 0380813297
Year of publication: 2001

Ascending by James Alan Gardner This one is to all the gang from Clarion West 89: Im a lousy correspondent, but I still remember. A WORD ABOUT OAR Oar, the narrator of this story, first appeared in the novel Expendable. At the end of that book, she was left for dead after she grabbed an enemy and plunged with him from a window on the eightieth floor of a building. To human eyes, Oar is as clear and transparent as glass. Although she actually has bones, muscles, and an assortment of internal ...

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Commitment Hour

Commitment Hour


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 0380798271
Year of publication: 0

James Alan Gardner Commitment Hour To Linda: Heres another novel you dont have to finish if I get hit by a bus. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Thanks to the usual gang of writers Linda Carson, John McMullen, Dave Till for providing initial feedback as chapters came hot off the printer, and to Robert J. Sawyer, Richard Curtis, and Jennifer Brehl who read the whole thing in one chunk. Thanks too to Shelley Goetze who told me the name of that little bump at the back of your neck while she was giving me ultrasound ...

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