A Gift Upon the Shore by M. K. Wren

By M. K. Wren

Within the twenty first Century, civilization is crumbling lower than the load of overpopulation, fiscal chaos, petty wars, a terrible pandemic, and at last, a nuclear battle that necessarily ends up in a dangerous nuclear winter.

On the Oregon Coast, ladies, author Mary desire and painter Rachel Morrow, scratch out a minimum lifestyles as farmers. In what little time is offered to them, they embark at the venture that they wish will supply the reward of information to destiny generations of survivors—the maintenance of the books: these on hand from their very own collections and any they locate at within sight deserted houses.

For years, Mary and Rachel are chuffed to exertions at this activity of their solitude, yet an afternoon comes after they come upon a tender guy who comes from a bunch of survivors at the southern coast. They name their group the Ark. a really hopeful assembly, it may look, till Rachel and Mary detect that the Arkites think in just one book—the Judeo-Christian bible—and regard all different books as blasphemous.

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It's tied to the body; there's something about the limits of the body; you can't do more than a certain thing. Or a kind of thing. There isn't much—if you look at it—there isn't much they can do that we can't do. In another way. " "They can put thoughts in people's minds, mister," said the Captain, still writing. "So can you," said Jai. "Why do you write in this abominable light and not in the ship? " The Captain looked up. The plastic pen shivered in his fingers. " he said vehemently. "How? When you are the book," said Jai.

No," said the little girl. "Talk, not telepath. " she cried in sudden exasperation, and clutching it and tearing it off her head, she threw herself down on the grass and burst into tears. " wailed the child. " "The Baby Parade," she sniffled. "Everything big has to end with a Baby Parade. " "You're a baby until you're pubescent," she added. " said Jai, between horror and laughter. There was another moment of silence. "Actually," said the girl coldly, "it is all your fault. You were in such an emotional disorder that it gave me a headache.

A vagrant drift of air wrapped itself around him and then slipped off, leaving behind it the vaguest of vague impressions, which he could not quite form into words. The lake rippled evenly in the sunset. He had been loved, and he still lived. It was a miracle. He forgot about it. In the mornings the Captain went on exploratory tours; in the evenings he came back. Jai saw him do it. The man also wrote, by the light of the oil dip in Olya's cabin, a journal of his discoveries, which Jai saw him at also: the ogre writing painfully and meticulously while behind his back little children flashed silently into and out of existence, disappearing into his shadow, the bolder ones touching him (but only just), flickering through the cabin like bats or spirits.

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