Beyond Heaven's River by Greg Bear

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The P.O.W. who owned his legal: Fighter pilot, samurai, shogun - Yoshio Kawashita had lived thousands of years... and hundreds of thousands. Captured by means of extraterrestrial beings in the course of WWII, he used to be hung on an empty international and compelled to re-enact Japan's prior. all of sudden, the extraterrestrial beings have been long past, stranding Kawashita four hundred years into the longer term, sole inhabitant and proprietor of his planet legal. the lady who brokered worlds: Anna Nestor used to be the roving service provider queen of an area empire the place info was once funds, planets mere poker chips, and fortunes rose and fell speedier than the rate of sunshine. in the beginning Kawashita was once an oddity, an investment... then the galaxy's riches lady and oldest guy fell in love. yet for all their strength and adventure, they can by no means be unfastened as long as Anna and Yoshio have been trapped by way of a cosmic secret: what creatures - or gods - had torn Kawashita from time and house? And why?

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We did not mourn the passing of liberal humanism or indeed of our humanity. We sought new ways of expressing them. We found humour in the H-Bomb, we made jokes about Vietnam, we sought our models not in the great moderns like Mann or Faulkner, but in earlier centuries, in the work of Grimmelshausen, Smollett, even Balzac. I myself unearthed a hero in George Meredith, marginalised by the modernist literary critics because he looked back to the 18th century for his models and in so doing spoke to those of us who found ourselves at last in the 21st.

I had become used to the adrenaline rush of the bombing raids and the exploration of tottering ruins, of squeezing up through chimneys, of clambering walls whose only handholds were pits in the brick. On VE Day, as if he had waited for Hitler to be defeated, my father announced that he was in love with the woman who would remain his companion for the rest of his life. ‘I couldn’t have loved him much,’ my mother said, ‘because I didn’t really mind. My pride was hurt, of course, but I had what I wanted.

I get up and find that my mother is already building a fire in the grate. She kisses me and wishes me a Merry Christmas. There 23 MICHAEL MOORCOCK are all my presents arranged around the bushy little tree with the candles burning on it. ’ I ask her. She smiles and shakes her head. ’ I know what I want. The large box. I rip the paper off it and see the familiar maroon red beneath. Slowly I take the top from the box and stare down at the camouflage green of the long-barrelled anti-aircraft gun. I remove it from the box and begin to set it up, settling it on its stand.

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