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By Brian W. Aldiss

It's the very close to destiny. Paul Ali, a tender technology fiction author, who has the perceived misfortune of a Muslim history, has been arrested for no compelling cause. he's held as prisoner B, with out a legal professional and remoted. each time the powers-that-be fancy a diversion, they beat him up. A foul-mouthed jobsworth topics him to coarse and unremitting questioning. To break out from this humiliation prisoner B writes – within the privateness of his brain – a technological know-how fiction novel set on a planet in each experience 1000 mild years away. But progressively the 2 worlds begin to converge ... within the culture of dystopias like 1984, this novel shocks and entertains.

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I′m in,″ Cori said. ″ George and Jerry both smiled broadly. WILLING SERVANTS 47 ″Those were some times,″ George said, clasping his hands over his ponderous belly. ″ ″He must′ve wet his little green uniform pants,″ Jerry said. ″ ″Oh, man, I heard that officer quit the force,″ George said. ″ Jerry snorted. With the meeting broken down into reminiscence, Mara went to the refrigerator and got herself a beer. CHAPTER 4 MARA DIDN′T HEAD HOME after work. She signed out the gear case stenciled with a bright yellow #3 and dragged it down to GMobil Two on her way out the door.

Owner-occupant,″ Mara said. ″ George leaned forward, interested. ″ Mara took a seat behind everyone as the video rolled. She saw Bridgett′s face appear on the screen and watched her own clumsy attempts to zoom into a natural distance and keep the focus. Bridgett looked awkwardly into the camera and away several times until Mara heard her unseen chair scrape on the kitchen tile. ″Tell me what happened,″ Mara heard her own voice coming from the TV, lower than she heard it in her own head, with slurrier vowels.

Three dozen battery chargers of different sizes were built into a narrow stand that resembled an architect′s table. Mara had it custom built after they found the chargers′ ″wall warts″ took up every single electric socket in the suite, even with power strips chained together. Now every battery gathered a charge from one transformer plugged into a single outlet. With the proper battery in the proper device, each logged out, she dropped an identical set of batteries in her pockets and dragged her armload of gear into the front office.

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