Fallen Angels

By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Michael Flynn

Reeling lower than a brand new ice age, the lunatic edge of the environmental move controls the united states executive. deserted via Earth, the gap colonies refill their air through scoop-ships diving into the ambience - yet Alex and Gordon's send used to be hit by means of a missile, and they're now sought after useless or alive.

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Sherrine stopped the sledge on the head of an enormous ramp of ice whereas Thor and Steve probed forward for crevasses. Mike pointed downward. "There she is," he acknowledged. "The crimson River of the North. It incorporates hotter water from the south into New Lake Aggaziz. If it were not for the river and the rectenna farm, Winnipeg will be lower than the Ice through now. " Alex seemed the place he pointed. The valley was once in part stuffed in, with ice and snow forming a vast shallow U. The river itself gleamed an ideal silver, the daylight dancing on it the place it confirmed among the choking ice floes. first and foremost the river appeared simply huge; however the close by hills and ice banks steadily introduced it into scale in his brain. the biggest free-flowing circulation he had obvious in recent times used to be while the laundry basin within the daycare heart had plugged up and the rinse water overflowed. He'd gotten 3 types of hell over it and spent an afternoon and a part sponging free globules out of the air. What he observed now used to be gigantic past trust. enormous quantities of liters of water, at least! He shivered, and never from the chilly. Even the journey around the glacier had no longer ready him for this sight. The white sky and white land had mixed jointly, destroying all experience of distance. He had midway confident himself that he was once in a small, sterile room. Now a big vista opened under him, and-—oddly-—he felt extra dwarfed than in the course of an EVA. Sherrine should have obvious him learning the river simply because she requested him what he idea. Alex shook his head. "I've by no means obvious something so enormous. " He laughed nervously. "In truth, i am feeling a marginally of agoraphobia. " "You're kidding," acknowledged Mike. "You dwell in orbit. you need to be used to large open areas. " "Well, convinced and no," Alex replied him. He saved his gaze fastened at the landscape lower than him, forcing his brain to just accept it. "Inside the habitats, every thing is cramped; outdoors, every thing is so substantial you cannot even relate to it. lifestyles contains stuff you can achieve out and contact and belongings you may possibly by no means contact in a life of achieving. one way or the other this intermediate scale turns out a lot larger. Sherrine laughed. "You may still see the Mississippi. " "He may," acknowledged Mike. "When the good Ice builds up sufficient weight, it will tip the North American Plate and the Mississippi'll begin working north. i might hate to be in California while that occurs. the full tectonic boundary'll move instantly. " He dismounted from the sledge and trudged around the Ice to the place Bruce Hyde stood staring at the skiers via a couple of binoculars. Alex became to Sherrine. "Is he continually like that? " he requested. "Mike? certain. We name him the 'Round Mound of Profound. ' " She used to be perched tailor-fashion atop the snowmobile engine housing, making the most of the holiday to hot herself from the engine warmth. "He'll speak about something and every little thing. occasionally he even understands what he is speaking approximately. " Alex shook his head. "Why do you set up with it? " She gave him a glance of shock. "Fen are a tolerant bunch. you would be surprised at a few of what we post with. in addition to, from time to time he comes up with anything beneficial.

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