Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 150,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

Life Sentence

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,953 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,016
Added to site: 2009.09.02
mnybks.net#: 25178
Origin: gutenberg.org

"Happy New Year!" she cried. But how often should one hear it said in a single lifetime?

Show Excerpt

d mind of Oliver Symmes. They have no meaning to him, save for a furtive spark of recognition that intrudes upon him once in a while.

The woman in the green uniform, standing to one side of the window, smiled at him again. It was much simpler to care for him, she thought, if only one conceived of him as being a sort of sweet little worn-out teddy bear. Yes, that was what he was, a little teddy bear that had gotten most of its stuffing lost and had shriveled and shrunk. And one can easily love and pamper a teddy bear.

"Can you see the crowd all right, Mr. Symmes? This is a good place to watch from, isn't it?"

Her words fell upon his ears, setting up vibrations and oscillations in the basilar membranes. Nerve cells triggered impulses that sped along neural pathways to the withered cortex, where they lost themselves in the welter of atrophy and disintegration. They emerged into his consciousness as part of a gestaltic confusion.

"Isn't it exciting, watching from here?" she asked, show

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2014.04.06
Paulo Respighi
*****

An old man reminisces about his life on New Year's Eve. He can piece together how he got where he is, but not how long he's been there.

Excellent story about a "humane" way to deal with criminals in the future.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 150,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

J.B. Markes
J.B. Markes has had a fascination with fantasy stories ever since his aunt bought him a copy of the Legend of Zelda, an 8-bit RPG game. He now writes in the genre and likes to add unexpected twists and a touch of humor. His latest novel, Necrospect is no exception, featuring a necromancer as the good guy, a world where magic has serious side effects and an interesting murder mystery. As our author of the day, Markes gives us a behind the scenes look at Necrospect, talks about his top-secret skills and reveals what he is working on now.
Read full interview...