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By Orson Scott Card

11 chilling stories, together with the author's introductions and afterword reviews, galvanize the feared darkish part of the reader's mind's eye.

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It was once time to even up the debt. He began the engine and drove, slowly, intentionally towards the tip of the line. and because the entrance tires got rid of and a sickening second handed while he feared that the truck will be too heavy for the using wheels to push alongside the floor, he clasped his fingers in entrance of his face and prayed, aloud: “Forward! ” after which the truck slid ahead, tipped downward, hung within the air, and fell. His physique pressed into the again of the truck. His clasped arms struck his face. He intended to claim, “Into thy arms I commend my spirit,” yet as an alternative he screamed, “No no no no no,” in an enormous negation of dying that, finally, didn’t do a little bit reliable as soon as he was once dedicated into the mild, unyielding arms of the ravine. They clasped and enfolded him, pressed him tightly, closed his eyes and pillowed his head among the fuel tank and the granite. “Wait,” Gemini stated. “Why the hell may still we? ” Officer Manwool stated, preventing on the door with Orion following docilely at the finish of the lovecord. Orion, too, stopped, and checked out the policeman with the adoring expression all lovecord captives wore. “Give the fellow a break,” Gemini stated. “He doesn’t deserve one,” she stated. “And neither do you. ” “I say supply the guy a holiday. a minimum of watch for the facts. ” She snorted. “What extra facts does he desire, Gemini? A signed assertion from Rodney Bingley that Orion Overweed is a bloody hitler? ” Gemini smiled and unfold his palms. “We didn’t truly see what Rodney did subsequent, did we? perhaps he was once struck through lightning hours later, earlier than he observed anybody—I suggest, you’re required to teach that harm did ensue. and that i don’t suppose any switch to the present—” “You understand that adjustments aren’t felt. They aren’t even recognized, because we wouldn’t keep in mind whatever except how issues really occurred! ” “At least,” Gemini stated, “watch what occurs and spot whom Rodney tells. ” So she led Orion again to the controls, and at her directions Orion lovingly begun the holo relocating back. they usually all watched as Rodney Bingley walked to the sting of the ravine, then walked again to the truck, drove it to the sting and over into the chasm, and died at the rocks. because it occurred, Hector hooted in pleasure. “He died in any case! Orion didn’t switch a damned factor, now not one damned factor! ” Manwool grew to become on him in disgust. “You make me sick,” she stated. “The man’s dead,” Hector stated in glee. “So get that silly string off Orion or I’ll sue for a writ of—” “Go pucker in a corner,” she acknowledged, and a number of other of the ladies pretended to be surprised. Manwool loosened the lovecord and slid it off Orion’s wrist. instantly he became on her, snarling. ”Get out of right here! Get out! Get out! ” He her to the door of the crambox. Gemini used to be now not the one one that puzzled if he might hit her. yet Orion saved his keep an eye on, and she or he left unhurt. Orion stumbled again from the crambox rubbing his hands as though with cleaning soap, as though attempting to scrape them fresh from touch with the lovecord. “That factor should be outlawed. i really enjoyed her.

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