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Briarpatch by Tim Pratt

By Tim Pratt

Darrin's existence has been going downhill ever given that his female friend Bridget walked out on him and not using a note of clarification six months in the past. quickly after wasting her, he misplaced his task, and his vehicle, and at last his enthusiasm for all times. He can't think issues getting worse-- until eventually he sees Bridget back, for the 1st time on the grounds that she walked out, simply moments sooner than she leaps to her loss of life from a bridge. In his quest to determine why Bridget took her personal existence, he encounters a depressive (and most likely immortal) cult chief; a guy with a automobile that may force out of this international and into others; a gorgeous psychotic with a chrome shotgun; and a bridge that, might be, ends up in heaven. Darrin's trip leads him right into a position referred to as the Briarpatch, that's both the crawlspace of the universe, or a sequence of formidable development tasks deserted through God, or a tangle of different universes, reckoning on who you ask. someplace in that disorderly snarl of worlds, he hopes to discover Bridget back. Or no less than a cause to dwell with out her.

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Ste se mostraba mucho menos generoso y técr:janéente más vulnerable ccn quienes tribajaban para él en la oscuridad de sus posesiones coloniales en el Terccr Mundo. Hacía siete meses, desde sus últimas vacaciones en Texas, que ella no disponía ni de la más mínima información sobre el estado de su inconsciente. En los sueños, éste suda­ ba copiosamente imágenes de un erotismo tropical, atra­ vesadas por toda clase de violencias. Al despertar, la frigidez de Juana permanecía inalterable como un iceberg que na­ vegara hacia los hielos eternos, a favor de una fría corriente submarina.

Todo lo que dice, Díaz —acotó Juana, con un espíritu inagotablemente crítico que excitaba a Batman, llenándolo de una indignación sombría y silenciosa— responde a un modelo obsoleto en cuanto a nuestras relaciones con I03 países pobres de esta parte del hemisferio. Si no fuera usted un obcecado idealista, comprendería por sí mismo que, con John F. Kennedy, murieron esas palabras que ha repe­ tido tan ingenuamente. Deje esas manos tranquilas, cada cosa a su tiempo. Nuestras computadoras anuncian que no reaparecerán en los discursos protocolares, al menos en los próximos diez años.

Y ahora qué hacemos? —preguntó Batman, reacio como siempre a enfrentarse con la policía en un país des­ concertante para un servidor del Derecho y del Orden, donde aquélla aparecía acompañada, una y otra vez, por algunos ciudadanos inestables e indignos de confianza. Juana se alzó de hombros con una expresión soñadora. Willie Morgan no era el blanco de estos disparos destinados a publicitar su fuga, cargándola a la cuenta de los delitos comunes que se le imputaban a su inolvidable amigo. Mientras el áspero individualismo tejano habría termina­ do allí con su vida, a esos prudentes bolcheviciues —cuya indolencia oriental se confundía con su disciplina partida­ ria— les estaba estrictamente prohibido incurrir en un cri­ men político que pudiera desalentar a sus electores de clase media.

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