By Jay Lake
A story of magic, revenge, and sour death—on the rain-spattered streets of the nice urban. this can be epic myth now not "in the culture of Tolkien," yet, as a substitute, sensual, ominous, shot via with the sweat of worry and the intoxication of power.
One of the main prolific new writers of the last decade, Lake received 2004's John W. Campbell Award for most sensible New author. His novels contain Mainspring, Escapement, Pinion, and Green. the area of Green can be the environment for "A Water Matter."
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Then about twelve hundred miles across open sea to the west would bring me home. ” While they had been talking, the tank had crawled away from the sea, toward the monstrous hulk that lay stranded by the recent storm. Lackland, of course, wanted to examine it in detail, since he had so far seen practically none of Mesklin’s animal life; Barlennan, too, was willing. He had seen many of the monsters that thronged the seas he had traveled all his life, but he was not sure of this one. Its shape was not too surprising for either of them.
To add to the difficulty of matching photographs, much of the planet’s surface was relatively smooth, without really distinctive topographic feature; and even where mountains and valleys existed, the different shadowing of adjacent photographs made comparison a hard job. The habit of the brighter sun of crossing from horizon to horizon in less than nine minutes had seriously disarranged normal photographic procedure; successive pictures in the same series were often illuminated from almost opposite directions.
Lackland, though not optimistic—he recalled the South American continent on his own planet too clearly to assume any symmetry of the sort the Mesklinite seemed to expect—complied with the native’s suggestion. The range proved to be fairly narrow, extending roughly east-northeast by west-southwest; and rather to the man’s surprise the numerous “water” courses on the opposite side began very quickly to show a tendency to come together in one vast river. This ran roughly parallel with the range for mile after mile, broadening as it went, and hope began to grow once more.