City of Truth by James Morrow

By James Morrow

Winner of the Nebula Award for top Novella: In a extraordinary destiny city the place even the main trivial fib can't be uttered, a guy needs to discover ways to lie—or lose what he loves most

Truth reigns superb within the city-state of Veritas. no longer even politicians lie, and weirdly frank notices abound—such as caution: this elevator maintained by means of those that hate their jobs: trip at your individual threat. during this dystopia of essential candor, each preadolescent citizen is ruthlessly conditioned, via a Skinnerian ordeal known as a “brainburn,” to talk in truth less than all circumstances.

Jack Sperry wouldn’t dream of wondering the norms of Veritas; he’s pleased with his lifestyles and his first rate activity as a “deconstructionist,” destroying “mendacious” works of art—relics from a much less sincere period. but if his loved son, Toby, falls gravely ailing, the reality turns into Jack’s maximum enemy. one way or the other our hero needs to triumph over his brainburn and try and heal his baby with appealing lies.

Alternately hilarious and relocating, urban of fact thoughtfully explores the pitfalls inherent in any try and engineer an ideal society.

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But it wasn’t interested in killing her. 53 REMNANTS #3 “Hello. I’m Miss Blake. ” She pointed slowly to herself and repeated,“Miss Blake. ” The Meanie watched with its soulless eyes. Then at Billy Weir. She held her hands open, the universal sign (she hoped) that she carried no weapon and meant no harm. The Meanie stared. “Hey,” Jobs said. ” Violet snapped, frustrated by the alien’s total lack of response. “It’s Billy,” Jobs said. Violet stepped back two steps, turned, hoping this wasn’t some sort of culturally offensive move, and looked at Billy Weir.

Violet took a step forward. “He may recognize that I’m female. ” That was her stated reason for taking the lead. The real reason was that she felt she wasn’t carrying her part of the burden. Violet was perfectly content with the notion that men and women had different abilities, different duties, and different avocations. But she wasn’t content being a burden. She had to contribute something beyond her ability to recognize the artistic antecedents of the environments. Besides, she didn’t feel that the Meanie was threatening.

In which case political game-playing wouldn’t matter very much. Have to stay focused on the future, Yago told himself. Maybe the Riders would come and kill them all. But maybe they wouldn’t. And in that case Yago had laid the foundation for his own rise to power. Sure enough, Hwang was sidling over toward his daughter. And she was turning her good ear to hear him. She stared daggers across the room at Yago. Yago made a little kissy-mouth at her and then laughed. Tamara suddenly stood up, baby on her hip, and sauntered to the arch.

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