By Robert Charles Wilson
Tom iciness inspiration the secluded cottage within the Pacific Northwest often is the excellent refuge—a position to nurse the injuries of misplaced love and happiness. yet Tom quickly discovers that his refuge is the portal of a tunnel via time. At one finish is the current. on the different end—New York urban, 1963.
His trip again to the early Nineteen Sixties turns out to provide him the opportunity to begin over in an easier, more secure international. yet he unearths that the tunnel holds a threat a long way more than whatever he left in the back of: a human killing computer escaped from a bleak and brutal destiny, who will do whatever to guard the key passage that he concept was once his by myself. to maintain his worlds, previous and current, Tom iciness needs to face the terrors of an unknown international to come.
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He believed that the so-called hallucinations caused by some of these drugs (with emphasis, he continually reminded himself, on the word “some”) were not hallucinations at all, but perceptions of other zones of reality. Some of them were frightening; some appeared lovely. Oddly, he poked and tinkered with the former; perhaps a long Puritan background had made him—he conjectured—masochistic; anyhow, it was into the realm of terror that he liked to venture very slightly … he did not wish either to go too far or to stay too long, but he wished for a fair glimpse.
Women had such great ability at that; they possessed such a range. Men, in contrast, grunted, as with McComas; they resorted, as in his case, to an ugly chuckle. That was little enough. Trying to sound wise, Father Handy said to Lurine, “Have you thought it over carefully? There’s a stigma attached; after all, you do live by sewing and weaving and spinning—you depend on goodwill in this community, and if you join Abernathy’s church—” “Freedom of conscience,” Lurine said. “Oh god,” Ely moaned. “Listen,” Father Handy said.
We can have a ferocious argument, now: Which of us is the meeker? ” She rocked with amusement. He ignored her. Because of the stew of pills which he had taken; they had begun to work on him. He saw a figure, suddenly, with laughing eyes, whom he supposed to be Jesus. It had to be. The man, with white-thatched hair, wore a toga and Greek greaves. He was young, with brawny shoulders, and he grinned in a gentle, happy way as he stood clutching to his chest an enormous and heavy clasp-bound book. Except for the classic greaves, he might—from the wild cut of his hair—have been Saxon.
A Bridge of Years by Robert Charles Wilson