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By Paul Di Filippo

Frank Lazorg's long gone mad! The dean of the delusion paintings illustrators has reached his finish: his artistic powers have abandoned him.

Then a wierd new drug delivers to reinvigorate him, either as guy and artist. however the substance quickly ends up in insanity, plunging Frank right into a global inhabited via colossal parodies of humanity. but this new measurement has its personal delights, as Frank quickly discovers while he meets the feminine alien known as Crutchsump!

A technology fiction experience of brain and physique. AFTER THE cave in: tales FROM GREENHOUSE EARTH, by means of Paul Di Filippo. From the swarming redoubts of the polar areas, the place humanity huddles from the savage warmth of Greenhouse Earth, to the dusty refugee camps of a shattered the United States, listed below are six riveting stories of existence in the course of the hard-luck instances of a post-holocaust planet.

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Ho! It’s the supercargo! ” typhoon bristled on the mild, yet acknowledged not anything. He dropped down off Bergamot, shooing the beast in the direction of its partners. the 10 wardens hastened to workforce themselves round hurricane, in a not-unfriendly demeanour. “You’re Storm,” stated the gorgeous pinto woman. Her voice was once candy and chirpy, her demeanor mischievous. “I’m Jizogirl. the elements brain informed us you’d be right here this present day. simply in time, too! permit me introduce everybody. ” in the course of the hellos, typhoon uneasily sized up his new companions—all of whom have been no less than many years older than he, and in a few situations a long time. Pankey, Arp, Rotifero, Wrinkles and Bunter have been men. Tallest of the 10, Pankey’s daring mien bespoke a typical management. Arp controlled to appear bored and inquisitive at the same time. based Rotifero paid little consciousness to hurricane, in its place who prefer to offer his most sensible profile to the women. Wrinkles it seems that derived his identify from his exaggerated patagium: the folds of flesh underneath a warden’s fingers that allowed short aerial gliding. Bunter, plump as a pumpkin, was once sniffing suspiciously towards Storm’s panniers. past the captivating Jizogirl: Catmaul exhibited an athlete’s lithe power; Faizai echoed Rotifero’s sexual preening; Shamrock was once evidently itching to come back to paintings, as though trying to provoke Pankey and safe the number-two slot; and Gumball shyly reflected her personal paw-feet instead of make eye-contact with typhoon. “Pleased to fulfill you all,” stated typhoon. “I’m nervous to profit extra approximately our challenge. i'm hoping I’ll be an asset. ” Pankey spoke. “You are particularly the hundredth-and-one leg on a centipede, you recognize. We had an entire roster with no you butting in. ” “Pankey! For disgrace! ” Jizogirl made up for her previous quip approximately “supercargo” in Storm’s eyes with this remonstrance, and he selected to seem unaffected by means of Pankey’s gibe. “I be aware of i will be of a few use. simply inform me what to do. ” “Well, we wish to sail at sunrise, and we nonetheless have a number of hours of labor to complete ahead of darkish. So in the event you may be able to pitch in—” “Of direction. simply element me towards a role. ” “Why don’t you acquire biomass for now? It’s the easiest chore. ” typhoon bit his tongue opposed to a safeguard of his personal skills, and purely acknowledged, “Sure. should still I slave my UPD to the others? ” Pankey frowned. “I hadn’t considered that. in fact. ” typhoon did so. Then, removal a pointy, robust nanocellulose machete from his panniers (and additionally a few cinnabons for everybody, a lot welcomed), he headed towards a stand of spartina. quickly, with vigorous attempt, he had gathered a surplus of the tall grass, and so used to be capable of take a holiday. He strolled onboard the send to benefit extra approximately it. He observed that the superwood elements have been being grafted into position with quite a few epoxies from the UPD. Rotifero spied hurricane and gestured grandly, wanting to abandon his personal paintings and act as journey advisor. “The Slippery Squid! a pointy send, isn’t she? we must always make it to the Sandwich Islands in precisely 5 days. ” “So speedy? ” Rotifero motioned for typhoon to appear over the facet on the ship’s exact development.

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