Dozois, Gardner - Immortals / Дозуа, Гарднер - Бессмертные [2013, EPUB, ENG]

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Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann - Immortals

Название: Immortals / Бессмертные
Год выпуска: 2013
Под редакцией: Dozois, Gardner & Dann, Jack / Дозуа, Гарднер & Данн, Джек
Издательство: Baen
eISBN: 978-1-62579-113-9
Формат: EPUB
Качество: eBook
Язык: английский

Антология фантастических произведений о бессмертии.
    Preface (Immortals) by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
    The Dying Man by Damon Knight
    Death Do Us Part by Robert Silverberg
    The Worm That Flies / Летающий червяк by Brian W. Aldiss
    Child of All Ages / Дитя на все времена by P. J. Plauger
    The Grotto of the Dancing Deer / Грот танцующих оленей by Clifford D. Simak
    Learning to Be Me by Greg Egan
    The Secret by Jack Vance
    Mortimer Gray's History of Death by Brian Stableford

Damon Knight


It is noon. Overhead the sky like a great silver bowl shimmers with heat; the yellow sand hurls it back; the distant ocean is dancing with white fire. Emerging from underground, Dio the Planner stands blinking a moment in the strong salt light; he feels the heat like a cap on his head, and his beard curls crisply, iridescent in the sun.
A few yards away are five men and women, their limbs glinting pink against the sand. The rest of the seascape is utterly bare; the sand seems to stretch empty and hot for miles. There is not even a gull in the air. Three of the figures are men; they are running and throwing a beach ball at one another, with faroff shouts. The two women are half reclining, watching the men. All five are superbly muscled, with great arched chests, ponderous as Percherons. Their skins are smooth; their eyes sparkle. Dio looks at his own forearm: is there a trace of darkness? is the skin coarsening?
He drops his single garment and walks toward the group. The sand's caress is briefly painful to his feet; then his skin adapts, and he no longer feels it. The five incuriously turn to watch him approach. They are all players, not students, and there are two he does not even know. He feels uncomfortable, and wishes he had not come. It isn't good for students and players to meet informally; each side is too much aware of the other's goodnatured contempt. Dio tries to imagine himself a player, exerting himself to be polite to a student, and as always, he fails. The gulf is too wide. It takes both kinds to make a world, students to remember and make, players to consume and enjoy; but the classes should not mix.
Even without their clothing, these are players: the wide, innocent eyes that flash with enthusiasm, or flicker with easy boredom; the soft mouths that can be gay or sulky by turns. Now he deliberately looks at the blonde woman, Claire, and in her face he sees the same unmistakable signs. But, against all reason and usage, the soft curve of her lips is beauty; the poise of her dark-blonde head on the strong neck wrings his heart. It is illogical, almost unheard of, perhaps abnormal; but he loves her.
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