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By Robert Jackson Bennett

Years in the past, the town of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to overcome the realm. yet after its divine protectors have been mysteriously killed, the conqueror has develop into the conquered; the city's proud background has been erased and censored, growth has left it in the back of, and it is only one other colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical strength. Into this musty, backward urban steps Shara Thivani. formally, the quiet girl is simply one other lowly diplomat despatched through Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one in all her country's so much entire spymasters — dispatched to enquire the brutal homicide of a doubtless innocuous historian. As Shara pursues the secret throughout the ever-shifting actual and political geography of town, she starts off to suspect that the beings who as soon as secure Bulikov is probably not as lifeless as they appear — and that her personal skills could be touched by way of the divine besides.

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There was cooked meat for the meal, a white, starchy form of vegetable somewhat resembling a potato, a number of delicious fruits of unfamiliar variety, and for drink the juice of a fruit that tasted more like cider than anything they could name. At the. table Loto perched hirnself beside the Very Young Man, for whom he seemed to have taken a sudden fancy. "I like you," he said suddenly, during a lull in the talk. "I like you, too," answered the Very Young Man. " "I'm sure I will," the Very Young Man agreed soberly.

The Very Young Man whispered. Before he could be answered, the earth swayed under them more violently than before. The red faded back out of the sky, and the sun appeared sweeping up into the zenith, where it hung swaying a moment and then, poised motionless. The valley was flooded again with light; the ground steadied under them and became quiet. nothing unusual had occurred. For a time the three friends stood silent, too astonished for words at this extraordi• nary experience. The Doctor was the first to recover himself.

Don't let's worry, about that. Jack. If you remember how •Rogers described it, getting back is easier than getting in. " The Very Young Man surveyed the barren waste around them in dismay. The floor of the valley was strewn with even larger rocks and boulders than those on the surface above, and looked utterly pathless and desolate. " he asked dubiously. " "If we stop at all, let's sleep a while," said the Very Young Man. "A little rest only gets you stiff. " he added, thinking of the sparrow and the alligator.

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