Was (Fantasy Masterworks 43) by Geoff Ryman

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Okay. " It was impossible to catch the past. "You know, someday they'll do a computer model of every town every ten years. The shops, the cars, the parks, the houses. The people in them, the clothes, everything. And you'll put on your electronic glasses, and your earplugs, and you'll walk through it. " He paused, and Ira saw that he was almost near tears. " It was Ira's private conviction that he had married a genius. Ira never said anything about this to anyone, especially to Jonathan. But Ira had seen Jonathan act Shakespeare and had heard him talk.

Aunty Em held her hand out flat and buffed away at it with the brush. " Dorothy had black shiny hair, down the middle of her back. Her mother used to sing to her as she combed it. Dorothy knew she would lose that too. "You can't have long hair like that trailing everywhere in the dirt," said Aunty Em. " "Seems a good time," said Aunty Em. She imagined disease could linger in hair like perfume. " "Well, you're a big girl now. " Dorothy was in simple terror now. It froze her. She saw the scissors, big and black.

It was a sound from home. " Outside, Toto began to bark. He went on barking. "Toto's always quiet when you let him inside," said Dorothy, unbuttoning her dress. "He'll bring in the dust, Dorothy," explained Aunty Em. " She pulled off the dress. Dorothy heard boots. "Henry, please! " Aunty Em was still trying to sound nice. The joke was an adult joke, made for adults, the kind of joke a child wouldn't understand. Dorothy, her head covered by the white fairy dress, could only hear Henry grunt and stomp away.

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