“You won’t find the natural state here. We’re living in the aftermath.”
A really good collection of short stories. Many good stories about beginnings and endings, especially endings which may be beginnings. Lots of cliffhangers. Some post-apocalyptic, some deeply introspective. Some funny, some tragic, most thought provoking. All well fashioned.
“Self is an illusion … a fairy tale that your assemblers, sorters and functional transients tell each other.”
Swanwick has a gift with word images. Out of a few words, he fashions a complete context.
“…as cozy and snug as the inside of a walnut.”
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