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Soldier, Sailor

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Author: Lewis Shiner
Published: 1976
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,535 / 11 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,189
Added to site: 2008.06.15 21232
License: by-nc-nd

First published in Nine Hard Questions about the Nature of the Universe, January 1990. Some rights reserved.

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ese, out in the ruins, his labors, his feats of courage & strength. He thought of the Circle & the great fourth dimensional being outside time. Of the salt spray & the shining cup & the others who had come before him. And then he knew.


In the darkness Kane lost sense of his own body. His limbs seemed to shrink & swell as if in a fever dream. Over it all he smelled the stale salt of the sea & high harmonies rang in his ears.

He dressed in darkness & tucked the pistol into his jeans. Out under the dome the rain had ended. The stars were smears of brightness behind the plastic. The lights flickered as Kane switched over to the auxiliary generator, but stayed on. He disconnected the panel with a few precise gestures, hampered by the pressure of the pistol in his waistband.

He sat in the wet grass outside Curtis & Molly's house until the lights went out. Curtis finally emerged & headed for the air lock. Suited up, the panel in one hand, the pistol d



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