By M. K. Wren
Within the twenty first Century, civilization is crumbling lower than the weight of overpopulation, fiscal chaos, petty wars, a awful pandemic, and eventually, a nuclear battle that necessarily ends up in a dangerous nuclear winter.
On the Oregon Coast, girls, author Mary desire and painter Rachel Morrow, scratch out a minimum life as farmers. In what little time is accessible to them, they embark at the undertaking that they desire will supply the present of data to destiny generations of survivors—the renovation of the books: these on hand from their very own collections and any they locate at within sight deserted houses.
For years, Mary and Rachel are happy to hard work at this job of their solitude, yet an afternoon comes after they stumble upon a tender guy who comes from a gaggle of survivors at the southern coast. They name their group the Ark. a really hopeful assembly, it could possibly look, till Rachel and Mary become aware of that the Arkites think in just one book—the Judeo-Christian bible—and regard all different books as blasphemous.
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If I was you I wouldn't call me that. ' 'Answer the question. What happens if we get a big winner at the beginning of the game? ' The Rat hesitated. 'Well . . you'd have to make sure that . . ' 'It's the only way. ' Phaid sighed. ' The Rat did a poor imitation of not understanding. ' . 'Let's cut out the bullshit. You're asking me to fix a game . ' 'You're broke, I'm broke. You want me to run a crooked game without any stake and I'm supposed to settle for a lousy third of the take? ' The Rat looked aggrieved.
Just as Phaid had almost come to the conclusion that the night was over and that it was high time to shut down the game, another well oiled crowd of river people stumbled into the place and insisted on chancing their luck. They weren't carrying any heavy money, but what they did have they threw on to the table with blind drunken abandon. All Phaid had to do was deal the cards and pick up the money. Phaid's spirits definitely lifted. A few more sessions like this and he'd be able to shake the dust of Freeport off his boots.
Makartur sat down on the bunk with a grunt and started unlacing his boots. ' Makartur stretched out and grunted some more. ' Phaid leaned over the side of his bunk with a look of surprise on his face. ' 'You've got to be running out of money if you're going from Freeport to Wad-Hasa Wells, and probably running, too. ' Phaid was starting to get just the slightest bit alarmed. ' Makartur laughed. ' Makartur shook his head. 'I've never been there, but I can imagine. It's probably the first water after you leave the gale plains.
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