By Gene Wolfe
A Borrowed guy: a brand new technology fiction novel, from Gene Wolf, the distinguished writer of the publication of the recent solar series.
It could be 100 years sooner or later, our civilization is long past, and one other is in position in North the US, however it keeps many known issues and constructions. even supposing the inhabitants is now small, there's complicated expertise, there are robots, and there are clones.
E. A. Smithe is a borrowed individual. he's a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his character is an uploaded recording of a deceased secret author. Smithe is a bit of estate, now not a felony human.
A filthy rich buyer, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library simply because he's the surviving character of the writer of homicide on Mars. A actual reproduction of that publication was once within the ownership of her murdered father, and it includes a massive mystery, the major to substantial relatives wealth. it's misplaced, and Colette is petrified of the police. She borrows Smithe to assist her locate the ebook and to determine what the bottom line is. after which the plot will get complicated.
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The little packtrain was composed of six loadbeasts, along with the six men who drove and led and cursed the animals forward. A seventh animal, considerably more sleek and graceful than the six that carried cargo, came a few meters behind the train. It bore a seventh man, a cloaked and hooded figure who rode with a cold, flameless Old World torch raised in his right hand. The torch shed an unflickering light through wind and rain, projecting some of its rays far enough ahead to give the train's drivers some hope of seeing where they were going.
The boy came after her, carrying the pail of water in silence. Then Mark. The three of them climbed more or less together along the path worn through the hillside thicket. When they reached the top of the little hill Mark could see how little was left of Sir Sharfa's manor house. The great stone hearth and chimney remained, and almost nothing else. Against the chimney a crude lean-to shelter had been built from scraps of wood. From inside the shelter came a snoring sound, and a man's bony hand and wrist were visible in the muddy doorway, their owner evidently lying on the floor inside.
Unless, he thought suddenly, they had somehow been kept alive for questioning about the plot. The higher-ups were sure to think that there had been some kind of plot. Probably even Radulescu, if he was still alive, was being questioned. Excuse me, sir, there wasn't no plot, sir. Just Big Ben, Slow Ben, doing his best to stay alive. He thought about that as he climbed. Certainly, last night when he'd started running, there'd been nothing more on his mind than keeping himself alive. And even now, climbing rapidly, he was willing to settle for that.
A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe