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ISBN-10: 1597801720

ISBN-13: 9781597801720

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The intensity and breadth of technology fiction and myth fiction keeps to alter with each passing yr. The twenty-nine tales selected for this booklet by means of award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan conscientiously map this evolution, giving readers a charming and always-entertaining examine some of the best the style has to supply.

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O h! ” He always has pain when he urinates. His labored breathing and fading voice— in the depths of the urinal, the sound of pure water in a valley stream. “O h! ” Tears welled up in my eyes as I lis­ tened to his voice. It seemed he could scarcely endure any more. 3E Yasunari kawabata The tea was ready, so I had him drink some. Coarse tea. I held the cup to his mouth as he drank. His bony face, his balding, gray head. His quivering hands of skin and bone. His Adam’s apple in a crane’s neck that bobbed as he gulped.

A moment later, the maid from the inn came to call for the dancing girl. She put on her costume. “I’ll be back soon, so please wait. ” Out in the hallway she bowed low. ” “Don’t sing,” the woman said. The dancing girl picked up her drum and nodded slightly. The woman turned back to me. ” The dancing girl knelt properly in the second floor of the restaurant, beating the drum. I could watch her back from the window as though she were in the next room. The sound of the drum set my heart dancing. ” The woman was also looking across the way.

Out in the hallway she bowed low. ” “Don’t sing,” the woman said. The dancing girl picked up her drum and nodded slightly. The woman turned back to me. ” The dancing girl knelt properly in the second floor of the restaurant, beating the drum. I could watch her back from the window as though she were in the next room. The sound of the drum set my heart dancing. ” The woman was also looking across the way. Chiyoko and Yuriko went to the same gathering. About an hour later all four returned. ” The dancing girl dropped some fifty-sen coins from her fist into the older woman’s palm.

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