By Paul Di Filippo
Paul Di Filippo is one in all technological know-how Fiction's most interesting brief tale writers, wild, witty, exuberantly imaginitive; Babylon Sisters and different Posthumans is a beneficiant exhibit of his unusual, transformative, and strong difficult SF visions. The fourteen tales accumulated listed here are glimpses into the main magnificent probabilities of human evolution-biological, social, and cultural. From a brand new York cut up into warring walled enclaves, to the future of our species as a pressure of virus, to an Africa revamped by way of nanotech messiahs, to a destiny Earth secure via half-alien angels, to wars of liberation from what we've got regularly so tragically been: those are just the various awe-inspiring transitions to be present in Babylon Sisters. learn the following of uprising through books opposed to their librarian, of cosmic future remade through stellar lunatics, of disorienting ventures past the bounds of the human; become aware of the following the perverse and poor risks of the age of posthumanity.
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Of course, as far as Captain Desjani was concerned, Geary could do no wrong. But he still shuddered at the idea of working for a commander who kept him on-screen during an operation, demanding attention that was needed for the battle. Speaking of which, the shuttles were sliding into landings, bay doors opening and Marines in battle armor tumbling out as the shuttles kept moving so that the ground troops were spread out instead of being clumped together into a mass target. Twelve shuttles deposited twelve lines of Marines, then accelerated upward again.
Lock up Casia along with Numos and Faresa and Captain Kerestes and crazy Captain Falco. Toss in Commander Yin as well. Why do I need to keep tolerating these idiots? This fleet will be far safer if they aren’t around to interfere with me. If they’d stop challenging— Geary took a long, slow breath. Damn. I’m losing it. Where would that road end if I started down it? How many officers would I sack, making sure that only those loyal to me were in command? And once I’d sacked enough, the rest wouldn’t dare speak up to me, tell me when I was mistaken or wrong.
We deserve to know that you’ll take effective action—” Casia began. ” Geary demanded in a voice that rang through the room. Silence reigned for a moment, then Captain Tulev spoke as if to himself, though his voice carried. ” Commander Yin’s voice wavered slightly as she jumped back into the conversation. “The traditions of the fleet call for open debate and consensus among the captains. What’s wrong with wanting to continue that tradition? ” Captain Desjani had kept herself quiet up until now but finally erupted at the direct attack on Geary.