By John Brunner
Kynance Foy used to be younger, appealing, clever an hugely informed in either qua-space physics and enterprise legislation whilst she left Earth to hunt her fortune within the interstellar outworlds. yet she stumbled on that the additional she acquired from Earth, the harder turned the contest from the environment-hardened populations of those younger worlds... and by the point she reached the planet Nefertiti, she used to be dealing with poverty. Then, suddenly, an excellent chance unfolded for her: the activity of Planetary manager of the fabulously filthy rich global known as Zygra, the place unique pelts costing 1000000 credit every one have been grown. The wage used to be large, and on the finish of the year's travel of responsibility she will be transported at no cost again to Earth, the place she will be a truly prosperous younger girl. There needed to be a seize to it, she notion as she signed the agreement. And, in fact, there was.
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He didn't reply immediately, so I kissed him on the cheek and waited. "It's Michael," Richard said at length. "I just realized today, when we were carrying the sailboat across the ice, that he's in love with you. You should hear him. All he talks about is you. You're the perfect mother, the perfect wife, the perfect friend. " I caressed Richard for a few seconds, trying to figure out how to respond. "I think you're making too much of 44 ARTHUR C. CLARKE AND GENTRY LEE some casual statements, darling," I said finally.
By that time the temperature topside had reached a frigid twenty-five below zero, and we had begun to worry about how much lower the outside temperature could become before the system regulating the thermal conditions in our lair would be stretched to the limit. The temperature has been rising steadily almost a degree per day since then and, at that rate, will cross the freezing level within two more weeks. We are now outside the solar system in the nearperfect vacuum that fills the immense voids between neighboring stars.
You were a great woman," I once said to the spirit of the queen who had dominated twelfth century history in France and England, "and you have set an example for me to follow. " That night, after Richard was asleep and while Katie was temporarily quiet, I thought about the day again and was filled with a deep sorrow, a sense of loss that I could not quite articulate. The juxtaposition of the retreating Sun and the image of myself as a teenager, making bold promises to a queen who had been dead for almost a thousand years, reminded me that everything I had ever known before Rama is now finished.