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By John Shirley

0 is a tender movie maker who believes his complete lifestyles and profession are mapped out prior to him. that's, until eventually the evening he and his pals stroll right into a rock membership ... and are stuck in a blinding seize that spans worlds.

They are dropped onto a dreamlike planet whose surrealistic good looks can't disguise its ugly fact. Fool’s desire — a global, so stunningly weird and wonderful, nightmares are inappropriate. right here, abductees — either human and alien — are pitted opposed to a neverending succession of hellish parasites, carnivores, shape-changers, and symbiotes.

Yet the best enemy of all might be human. while former professor Harmon Fiskle is remodeled by way of the present — a roving mutagenic strength — he's freed to pursue his megalomaniacal nature. He advocates a wicked coverage of social Darwinism, and forges a ugly alliance of Twists: women and men who've sacrificed their very own humanity to turn into colossal mutations in their former selves.

With a whole international at stake, merely 0 can clear up the secret of Fool’s wish ... if it isn’t already too late.

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Zero was afraid to move. "The Current. " he asked. His voice sounded muffled. His lips twitched over the words. "No," Yoshio said. "We feel the outside of it, maybe displaced charged particles. But Fiskle—he is in it. " He pointed, and miniature sunset lightnings played along his arm. Zero saw it in the stars first; it seemed to swirl them, as in Van Gogh's Starry Night. And then he saw it in the coral trees. He couldn't help but think of them as trees. Like heat-wave distortions—but this movement of the trees was no mirage.

The Jungle fascinated Zero's eye, a viny, red-bristled thing of iridescent foliage, stretching from its own booth to overreach several others, pulsing here and there with bladders like the ballooning underchins of frogs, its interior pregnant with shadows, its vines reminding him of those Earthly sea creatures that look like plants but are in fact animals. It was an enormous tangle—a tangle that was somehow symmetrical, almost a patterned weave —of slowly reaching, groping ropiness. It signified intelligence by twisting lengths of itself into geometrical signs, but the translation boxes were nonplussed by it.

It was hard as stone, unyielding. He turned to Yoshio. "There're animals in the twigs? " "No. The land-coral itself is singing. " The singing of the land-coral was loud here, almost drowning Yoshio's voice. "Oh, God," Doggo said, trotting up ahead of them. He skidded to a stop and stared at something. Standing rigidly in the road, he was frosted in starlight. The others sensed his alarm and stopped where they were. He pointed. "The Current. " The land-coral's singing abruptly stopped, as if someone had switched off a tape deck.

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