By John Birmingham
A wonderful tale within the The Disappearence trilogy. A "What if" tale of the chilly War… a small piece of trade heritage of the interval informed through a biography of 1 of its avid gamers, Lieutenant department McKinnon, an adventurer in a distinct post-WWII global of yankee isolationism.
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In the old days, when people made love, they merely increased the infantile mortality rate and lowered the expectation of life. But after the coming of the food ships, it was different. " Once again the Arch-Vicar utters his shrill laugh. Dissolve to a shot through a powerful microscope of spermatozoa frantically straggling to reach their Final End, the vast moonlike ovum in the top left-hand corner of the slide. On the sound track we hear the tenor voice in the last movement of Liszt's Faust Symphony: La femme eternelle toujours nous eleve.
Alfred," Dr. Poole replies. "My mother was a great admirer of In Memoriam," he adds by way of explanation. "Alfred," the red-headed girl repeats. "I shall call you Alfie. I'll tell you something, Alfie: I don't really like these public burials. I don't know why I should be different from other people, but they don't make me laugh. " "I'm glad to hear it," says Dr. Poole. " Loola nods. " "Yes, it's Belial Day tomorrow -- Belial Day," she insists in response to the blank look of incomprehension on the other's face.
There is a loud cry. We cut to a medium close shot of Dr. Poole. Conspicuous in his front-row seat, he has fainted. Dissolve to the interior of the Unholy of Unholies. The shrine, which stands at one end of the arena's shorter axis, to the side of the high altar, is a small oblong chamber of adobe brick, with an altar at one end and, at the other, sliding doors, closed at present, except for a gap at the center through which one can see what is going on in the arena. On a couch in the center of the shrine reclines the Arch-Vicar.
A Captain of the Gate (The Disappearence) by John Birmingham