A Song Called Youth by John Shirley

By John Shirley

In a near-future dystopia, a constrained nuclear strike has destroyed parts of Europe, bringing the rest nation-cities lower than keep watch over of the second one Alliance, a frighteningly fundamentalist foreign protection company with designs on global domination. the one safety opposed to the Alliance's creeping totalitarianism is the hot Resistance, a polyglot workforce of rebels that incorporates Rick Rickenharp, a retro-rocker whose inventive and political sensibilities intertwine, and John Swenson, a mole who has infiltrated the Alliance. because the struggle keeps and years growth, so does the know-how and brutality of the Alliance... yet traditional humans just like the broken visionary Smoke, Claire Rimpler on FirStep, and Dance Torrence and his fellow city warriors in the world are sure jointly by way of the reality and a unmarried function: to maintain the darkness from turning into humankind's overall Eclipse - or die attempting! John Shirley was once cyberpunk's sufferer 0, first locus of the virus, certifiably virulent."-William Gibson. An omnibus of all 3 novels-revised through the author-of the prophetic, nonetheless frighteningly suitable cyberpunk masterpieces: Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. With an advent through Richard Kadrey and biographical notice by means of Bruce Sterling.

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Poole. He frowns and shakes his head. "When they're not producing monsters, they're sterile. What we're going to do for manpower, Belial only knows. " They advance further into the Coffee Shop, pass a group of three- and four-yearold children under the supervision of an aged vessel with a cleft palate and fourteen fingers and come to a halt under an archway giving access to a second dining room only slightly smaller than the first Over the shot we hear the sound of a chorus of youthful voices reciting in unison the opening phrases of the Shorter Catechism.

Well, what are the facts? The first is a fact of experience and observation -- namely that nobody wants to suffer, wants to be degraded, wants to be maimed or killed. The second is a fact of history -- the fact that, at a certain epoch, the overwhelming majority of human beings accepted beliefs and adopted courses of action that could not possibly result in anything but universal suffering, general degradation and wholesale destruction. " There is a silence. "Of course," Dr. " "But not so plausibly, not nearly so simply," insists the Arch-Vicar.

Then one of the Postulants takes the child out of her arms and holds it up before the Patriarch. Close shot of a characteristic product of progressive technology -- a harelipped, Mongolian idiot. Over the shot we hear the chanting of the Chorus. SEMICHORUS I I show you the sign of Belial's enmity, SEMICHORUS II Foul, foul; SEMICHORUS I I show you the fruit of Belial's grace, SEMICHORUS II Filth infused in filth. SEMICHORUS I I show you the penalty for obedience to His Will, SEMICHORUS II On earth as it is in Hell.

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