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By William C. Dietz

ISBN-10: 0441013260

ISBN-13: 9780441013265

ISBN-10: 0786559330

ISBN-13: 9780786559336

William Dietz tells the story of 1 guy whose activity turns into not anything lower than a undertaking to alter the prestige quo... In a crumbling futuristic society, Jak Rebo is a Runner-an interstellar courier-whose current activity is to convey a destiny non secular chief to his humans, whereas warding off assassins. If that is not adequate, he will get concerned with a really appealing girl who holds the key to immediate go back and forth among superstar systems-a mystery that a few might kill for. With dying ready at each port, Jak quickly realizes that this time he's operating for his lifestyles.

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Rebo might have agreed with that, but liked to cover his bets, and always felt better when he had an edge. Having completed a lengthy discussion with the proprietor, the runner purchased an all-purpose amulet—which if properly cared for—was guaranteed to protect its owner from the skin pox, wild eye, stab wounds, night sweats, bad dreams, poor digestion, and a host of other maladies. Money changed hands, the runner secured the object around his neck, and the errands continued. The next stop on their morning rounds was an armorer’s shop.

The essential irony of this is not lost upon the governing council, which regrets the necessity to use violence. —Techno Society Operations Manual, Section One: Guiding Principles The milky white light produced by the planet’s twin moons filtered down through a thin layer of clouds to bathe Seros in a ghostly glow. There were no streetlights, but as the coach followed the winding road that led to the top of monastery hill, Rebo could look out over the city and see thousands of buttery rectangles, each representing a window.

Kane gave a low whistle. A pair of hooded heavies appeared. They held a metal battering ram between them. On a signal from Kane they approached the front door, swung the ram back, and heaved it forward. There was a loud crash, followed by the splintering of wood, and shouts from within. The battering ram struck again, the beam that barred the door broke in two, and what remained of the barrier flew open. A man appeared in the opening. He was armed with a double-barreled scattergun, which he fired into the night.

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