By Geoff Ryman
Chung Mae is the one connection her small farming village has to tradition of a much wider international past the fields and easy homes of her village. a brand new communications expertise is sweeping the realm and provides to attach every body, all over the place with out strength traces, desktops, or machines. This expertise is Air. An preliminary checking out of Air is going disastrously incorrect and folks are killed from the surprise. to not be stopped Air is arriving without or with the blessing of Mae's village. Mae is the one one that understands how one can harness Air and prepared her humans for it's arrival, yet will they hear prior to it's too late?
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Forget it, Rat. ' 'If you wanted to do it, you could relief deal for me in the evenings and take a third of the profits. ' Phaid thought about it for a moment. ' The Rat avoided Phaid's eyes. 'Actually . . ' 'Well . . ' Phaid's eyes narrowed. ' The Rat's expression became even more shifty. ' Phaid bit his lip and nodded. 'Play it by ear? So what happens if we get a big winner early on? ' The Rat squirmed uncomfortably in his seat. 'If I was you I wouldn't call me that. ' 'Answer the question.
Listen 'No, you listen. ' Phaid nodded good naturedly. 'You could do that. ' The Rat began to bluster. 'Come on, if you think that I can't run a simple nine gets twenty game . ' 'You're bullshitting again, Rat. You know damn well that if you tried to steer a deck everyone from blocks around would spot you doing it. ' Rat looked desolated. ' Phaid grinned. 'I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll let you shill for me until we've built up a bankroll. ' Phaid thought for a moment that the Rat was going to explode on the spot.
Once in the canteen, Phaid did his best to forget about the strange character sharing his cabin. Not that the canteen had all that much to offer in the way of distraction. Two elderly vending machines dispensed food and drink. A musical android, even more decrepit than the one in The Rising Sun, played tunes that were scarcely recognisable over the noise of the crawler's engines. Beyond that, there was just some plain, very functional chairs and tables. Steerage passengers were expected to make their own entertainment.