Air: Or, Have Not Have by Geoff Ryman

By Geoff Ryman

Chung Mae is the single connection her small farming village has to tradition of a much wider international past the fields and straightforward homes of her village. a brand new communications expertise is sweeping the realm and supplies to attach everybody, all over the place with out energy strains, pcs, or machines. This know-how is Air. An preliminary checking out of Air is going disastrously incorrect and folks are killed from the surprise. to not be stopped Air is arriving without or with the blessing of Mae's village. Mae is the single one that is aware find out how to harness Air and prepared her humans for it's arrival, yet will they hear prior to it's too late?

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Didn’t I close that? She pulled the Guatemalan weave across the glass, half-expecting a face to appear in the darkness beyond. It was superstitious and absurd to think that anyone could actually be out in the storm looking in at her, but now she went and pulled on jeans anyway, feeling better clothed. indd 23 1/20/15 1:34 PM t h e wat e r k n i f e sleep for good. No way she was sleeping now. Not with this storm-­ induced anxiety running its fingers between her shoulder blades. Might as well work.

50. 50. 05. 10. Order restored. Maria lugged her sloshing bottles over to the red wagon and dumped them in.  . ” Maria was afraid to say, it felt so good. Once she got the water into the center of town and sidled up beside the Taiyang construction work—­people wanted a cool cup of water there. And they had money. She knew the place from when her father had worked the high beams—­all those crews coming off shift. And she would be there waiting for them. Offering them relief from the heat.

44. She’d never seen it go so low. Maria shoved bills in as fast as she could. The machine jammed. She tried to put more bills in, but it fought her. More people were crowding around now, plugging their own money into spigots, but hers was jammed. Maria swore and slammed her palm against the pump. She’d bought fifty dollars’ worth of water, and with Sarah’s cash she had more than eighty. And now what? All the other spigots were in use. indd 48 1/20/15 1:34 PM 49 Maria gave up and started filling.

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