A Song for Lya by George R. R. Martin, Cory Ench, Catska Ench

By George R. R. Martin, Cory Ench, Catska Ench

Telepaths examine the newly found international of Shkea, the place each local inhabitant, and progressively more human colonists, worships a mysterious and lethal parasite. Winner of the 1975 Hugo Award for top Novella.

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It’s freezing,” the guy with me started grumbling. Eventually he pushed off, too. I remember there were two cars parked in the alley outside the club. Their registration numbers were 7670 and 8231. In a restaurant window nearby was the number 1970. Late in the night, the rain turned to sleet. I kept count as it fell on my umbrella, so I would know how much had fallen. The numbers got bigger and bigger until they started to spill out of my head. This was in the days when my watch was always off by a few minutes, and I felt I was trapped in a separate time zone from Miyo.

I couldn’t help wondering about the person on the other end of the line. ” “He can’t use the phone. ” “The desk? ” “Ha! Might as well be—my boss. Sits there like a piece of furniture and expects me to run around dealing with all his impossible requests. Wants me to get an interview. ” “They want me to talk to Mr. ” “Don’t think I haven’t tried. I keep applying for an interview, but he won’t see me. Besides, he won’t say a word to anyone about the scandal. ” On the banks of the Urakami River is a place strewn with large stones.

Most of the time, that’s how it is. God doesn’t answer. For hundreds of years, the faithful here must have whispered the same questions and answered them themselves.  . It’s the same for me, too, most of the time. ” “Saeki and Kanazawa? ” “That’s right. Blood was pouring out of my nose, and I hardly knew where I was. ” “My head felt woozy from the first blow. I was scared, and I wanted to run away. But my feet seemed to have a mind of their own. Without knowing why, 38 STONE there I was standing bravely in front of them.

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