A Million Open Doors by John Barnes

By John Barnes

Nou Occitan is a spot the place duels are fought with equivalent ardour over insults and inventive perspectives alike. Giraut--swordsman, troubador, lover--is a creature of this swashbuckling global, the main remoted of humanity's Thousand Cultures.But the winds of swap have come to Nou Occitan. because the invention of the "springer"--instantaneous interstellar trip, at a price--spreads through the human galaxy, the steadiness and purity of no international, irrespective of how remoted, is secure. Nor can Giraut's lifestyles stay untouched. To his ask yourself, his is set to discover himself made an envoy to another human international, a spot unusual past his wildest imaginings.

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Now, as we sat down at the controls together, he said, "These barges are complicated and tricky to work. " "Ha," Aimeric said, settling comfortably into the back. "You're an administrative assistant to a government economist. " At Brace's direction, I pulled the lift switch, and the cat rose a couple of centimeters as the maglevs pushed out the treads. "Actually I have done the literal—the whole time I was a teenager, at a feedlot in Utilitopia. My father thought it might help the career in politics he had planned for me.

His father got up very slowly, as if something under the table had bitten him and he was bleeding from the wound. He leaned forward, his hands on the table, suddenly looking older. " "You still have plenty of powers to use as you wish—you can regulate currency and banking, expand or shrink the government budget, raise or reduce taxes—all of that. And you can still set prices and quantities on goods and services in your local market. What you can't do is prohibit or tax interstellar trade, or set prices for it, or touch any property acquired through interstellar trade.

Little pellets of brown sleet bounced off the windshield, and I could see a couple of hundred meters down into the Gouge, and even dimly make out the far side as a dark spiky shadow. Colors were starting to appear in the rocks. " "Oh, two different reasons, one for each culture," Aimeric said. "St. " Bruce suddenly pointed. "Hey—look. " All of us leaned forward to look through the windshield. There in front of and above us was the biggest double rainbow I had ever seen, and unlike the simple red-to-green ones of Wilson, this one extended all the way to deepest violet.

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