I Live with You by Carol Emshwiller

By Carol Emshwiller

A cosmopolitan selection of fierce, delicate fiction marked via absurdist humor, those notable brief tales skillfully discover subject matters of battle, seduction, and censorship. An Eden emerges from the wreckage and destruction of burning books in "The Library." "Boys" units a weary common and his sons opposed to a village of decided moms, and "I stay with You" brings a chaos from an uninvited visitor. choked with originality and lyricism, this assortment is a needs to for technological know-how fiction and experience fans.

Contents

Introduction through Eileen Gunn: "Do now not get rid of This Tag"
"Bountiful City"
"Boys"
"Cool People"
"Gliders notwithstanding They Be"
"I dwell With You (and You Don’t comprehend It)"
"Josephine"
"My General"
"See No Evil, suppose No Joy"
"The murderer or Being the enjoyed One"
"The Doctor"
"The Library"
"The Prince of Mules"
"WisCon Speech"

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He glanced briefly at me, and back to Gretel. ’ ‘Then go in peace,’ he said, and bowed again before returning to his people. I waited until he was out of earshot. ’ I demanded. She shrugged. ‘He’s a trader, remember. ’ ‘Yes, but what was he talking about? ’ She hesitated, and then nodded, like someone relenting under pressure. ‘I’ve agreed to attend the tinker women if I’m needed. ’ ‘Because I don’t want it generally known. It could harm my standing in the community. Also, I don’t want you involved.

Of course it didn’t. As I released my hold and stepped free, I barely had time to think: I’m doing it! Flying! I will see the faerie light, I will!  until, mercifully as they say, I lost consciousness. The generously spreading branches of the old tree saved my life, for I was still more or less intact when I reached the ground and lay spreadeagled amongst the tendrils of bindweed that had once been the setting of my fantasies. I wish I could say I dreamed of Robin Goodfellow during the hour or more that I lay there unattended – his glowing face stooping over mine, his wings brushing my lips with faerie-like concern – but I had no such vision.

With a brief nod of apology, I reached for the latch. Straightaway he grabbed me by the hair and forced me roughly to my knees. ’ I shook my head, too scared to speak. ‘Then answer me this. When you visited us last, how exactly did you come to see past our dimming?  a crack in the front door,’ I stuttered out. ’ He didn’t wait for me to finish. ‘Which eye was it that betrayed us? ’ It came to me then – in the midst of my terror – the truth about Gretel. ’ I blurted out. ‘But why? She’d already seen you!

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