By Gregory Benford

A vintage novel of man's destiny and destiny, written via the eminent American physicist and award-winning writer of "Timescape."

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It’s all a mess. This place looks like it was robbed,” she said. “He took everything. His suits. His music. His favorite books, you know, those Russian writers, Dostoyevsky and Nabokov, or whatever-the-fuck? Only reason I know he was ever here is because of the hairs in the bathroom sink. He shaved first. He stood in there looking at his sorry face in the mirror after he’d loaded it all up, and he . . ” For the first time, her voice cracked. “He left . . me. And her. ” I couldn’t say anything against Sean.

And her. ” I couldn’t say anything against Sean. What did she expect? The poor man had tried, but from the time they met, it had all been as arranged as a royal Chinese marriage. How could anyone live in that house and breathe under the weight of Denise’s expectations? Since I couldn’t invent any condolences, I didn’t say anything. ” Denise filled the silence. Hearing her say it so coldly, my words roiled beneath my tongue, constricting my throat. I could barely sound civil. “The first time you told me about doing this .

The bedroom door was open only a crack, and I pressed my palm against it to nudge it open. ” What struck me first was the books. Shelves filled with the colorful spines of children’s books reached the ceiling of the crowded room, so high that even an adult would need a stepladder. O. Schwarz when I was a kid, the way every square foot was filled with a different kind of magic. The bed was piled high with dresses. There must have been dozens of them, many of them formal, old-fashioned tea dresses.

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