By Murray Bail
From the “world-class Australian novelist” (The ny Times) comes a deft, angular, and hugely interesting choice of tales. “The Seduction of My Sister” tells of the more and more weird and wonderful occasions among siblings while a brand new family members strikes in around the road, whereas “Healing” recollects a vanished time whilst a boy’s headlong, blameless rush into yes catastrophe might be prevented by means of an easy miracle. a guy named Huebler makes a decision to photo every person alive, and an unassuming piano-tuner is distributed to the heart of Australia in 1943 to give a contribution to the conflict attempt. a charming, piquant assortment from a grasp of the craft.
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Cover design by Ann Monn Interior design & composition by John D. com Series editor: Jacob Weisman ISBN 10: 1-892391-52-x ISBN 13: 978-1-892391-52-0 Printed in the United States of America by Worzalla First Edition: 2007 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Introduction © 2007 by Terry Bisson. | “The Bordello in Faerie” © 2006 by Michael Swanwick. First appeared in Postscripts #8, October 2006. | “Dirty Little War” © 2002 by Michael Swanwick. First appeared in In the Shadow of the Wall, edited by Byron R. Tetrick (Nashville: Cumberland House).
The soldier poked gingerly at the stick with his foot. “Some sort of radio device, eh? I’ve heard of such. ” “I’m right here. The stick. I’m from off-planet. ” “Can they, now? ” “Pick me up,” said the stick. ” The stick paused. ” “Thanks. ” “Okay, here’s the deal. I’m a symbiotic mechanism. I was designed to be totally helpless without a human partner. Pick me up, throw an acorn in the air, take a swing at it, and I can shift my weight so you hit it a country mile. ” “So I’d be a good and faithful tool.
It’s a good blade. ” “Still…you’re a lot fancier than this old sword of mine. ” “It means simply that it’s likely they’re using weapons rather more sophisticated than is strictly speaking allowed by the Covenants of Warfare. There’s a lot riding on this siege. The Iron Duke has put everything he has into it. If he were defeated, then the worst the Council of Seven could expect would be sanctions and a fine. ” “Again, it’s complicated. But I see you’re yawning. Why don’t you bank the fire and turn in?