By John Varley
Identified for "superior technological know-how fiction" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), writer John Varley returns to his Thunder and Lightning sequence with a singular of ways one man's unstable genius may possibly adjust a starship's epic plunge right into a destiny the place human survival is simply a theory...
On a voyage to New Earth, the starship Rolling Thunder is powered by means of an strength nobody is aware, apart from its eccentric inventor Jubal Broussard. Like a few of the ship's population, Jubal rests in a nation of suspended animation for years at a time, asleep but by no means aging.
The moments whilst Jubal emerges from suspended animation tend to be a reason for party for his relatives, together with his dual daughters—Cassie and Polly—and their uncle who's captain of the Rolling Thunder. yet this time, Jubal makes a stunning announcement...
The send needs to cease, or each person will die.
These phrases from the mission's founder, the fellow chargeable for the very life of the Rolling Thunder, will ship surprise waves through the starship—and divide its passengers into those that think and those that doubt. and it'll be as much as Cassie and Polly to forestall a mutiny, observe the reality, and usher the send right into a new age of exploration...
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He wore a long white smock over a finely cut suit of black silk and cream shirt, the formal nature of his clothes at odds with the untidy workshop in which he spent most of his time. ‘Now I’m ready,’ he whispered. ‘I should hope so,’ said a woman’s voice behind him. ’ He turned and undid the ties holding his smock, lifting it over his head as Serena d’Angelus swept into his studio like one of the terrible matriarchs played so well by Coraline Aseneca. She tutted in distaste at the scattered tools, ladders and scaffolds.
The idea of setting off without a detailed plan rankled at Marius, a warrior for whom each advance and manoeuvre was planned with meticulous perfection and enacted without deviation. Julius Kaesoron had once joked that he should have been selected to join the Ultramarines, meaning it as a friendly jibe, but Marius had taken it as a compliment. The Emperor’s Children strove for perfection in all things and Marius Vairosean prized this striving above all things.
The marble column was a gleaming white rectangle, some four metres tall, its surfaces as yet unblemished by chisel or rasp. Ostian circled the marble, running his silver hands across its smooth surface, feeling the structure within and picturing where he would make the first cut into the stone. Servitors had brought the block up from the Pride of the Emperor’s loading bays a week ago, but he had yet to complete his visualisation of how he would bring forth his masterpiece from the block. The marble had come to the Emperor’s Children’s flagship from the quarries at Proconnesus on the Anatolian peninsula, where much of the stonework that comprised the Emperor’s palace had been sourced.