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THE WEDDING ALBUM

Anne and Benjamin stood stock-still, as instructed, close but not touching, while the simographer adjusted her apparatus, set its timer, and ducked out of the room. It would take only a moment, she said. They were to think only happy, happy thoughts.

For once in her life, Anne was unconditionally happy, and everything

around her made her happier: her gown, which had been her

grandmother's; the wedding ring (how cold it had felt when Benjamin

first slipped it on her finger ); her clutch bouquet of forget-me-nots and

buttercups; Benjamin himself, close beside her in his charcoal gray tux

and pink carnation. He who so despised ritual but was a good sport.

His cheeks were pink, too, and his eyes sparkled with some wolfish

fantasy. Come here, he whispered. Anne shushed him; you weren't

supposed to talk or touch during a casting; it could spoil the sims. “I

can’t wait,” he whispered, this is taking too long. And it did seem

longer than usual, but this was a professional simulacrum, not some

home-made snapshot.

They were posed at the street end of the living room, next to the

table piled with brightly wrapped gifts. This was Benjamin's townhouse;

she had barely moved in. All her treasures were still in shipping

shells in the basement, except for the few pieces she'd managed to have

unpacked: the oak refectory table and chairs, the sixteenth-century

French armoire, the cherry wood chifforobe, the tea table with inlaid

top, the silvered mirror over the fire surround. Of course, her antiques

clashed with Benjamin's contemporary-and rather common-decor,

but he had promised her the whole house to redo as she saw fit. A

whole house

How about a kiss? whispered Benjamin.

Anne smiled but shook her head; there'd be plenty of time later for

that sort of thing.

Suddenly, a head wearing wraparound goggles poked through the

wall and quickly surveyed the room. Hey, you, it said to them.

“Is that our simographer?” Benjamin said.

The head spoke into a cheek mike, This one's the keeper, and

withdrew as suddenly as it had appeared.

“Did the simographer just pop her head in through the wall?” said

Benjamin.

I think so, said Anne, though it made no sense.

“I'll just see what’s up,” said Benjamin, breaking his pose. He went

to the door but could not grasp its handle.

Music began to play outside, and Anne went to the window. Her

view of the garden below was blocked by the blue-and-white-striped

canopy they had rented, but she could clearly hear the clink of flatware

on china, laughter, and the musicians playing a waltz. They're starting

without us, she said, happily amazed.

They're just warming up,” said Benjamin.

“No, they’re not. That's the first waltz. I picked it myself.

So let’s waltz,” Benjamin said and reached for her. But his arms

passed through her in a flash of pixelated noise. He frowned and examined

his hands.

Anne hardly noticed. Nothing could diminish her happiness. She

was drawn to the table of wedding gifts. Of all the gifts, there was only

one-a long flat box in flecked silver wrapping—that s

Synopsis:

A collection of short fiction by the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Counting Heads includes the author's imaginative exploration of the shattering, unintended consequences of advanced technology in the Sturgeon Award-winning tale "The Wedding Album," as well as nine other provocative pieces. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Not since William Gibson and Bruce Sterling galvanized science fiction in the 1980s has the emergence of a new writer been heralded with such acclaim as that attending David Marusek, whose brilliant first novel, Counting Heads, appeared to rave reviews in 2005. But Marusek did not come out of nowhere. Aficionados of the genre had already taken note of his groundbreaking short fiction: masterfully written, profoundly thought-out examinations of futures so real they seemed virtually inevitable.

Now, in this collection of ten short stories, Marusek’s fierce imagination and dazzling extrapolative gifts are on full display. Five of the stories, including the Sturgeon Award-winning “The Wedding Album,” a shattering look at the unintended human consequences of advanced technology, are set in the same future as Counting Heads. All ten showcase Marusek’s talent for literate, provocative science fiction of the very highest order.

Table of Contents

The wedding album — The Earth on the mend — Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz, Yurek Rutz — A boy in Cathyland — We were out of our minds with joy — VTV — Cabbages and kale or: how we downsized America — Getting to know you — Listen to me — My morning glory — Permissions.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345513434
Subtitle:
Stories
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Marusek, David
Author:
David Marusek
Subject:
Fiction : Science Fiction - Short Stories
Subject:
Science Fiction - Short Stories
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science fiction, american
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Short Stories
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20081230
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
267

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"Synopsis" by , A collection of short fiction by the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Counting Heads includes the author's imaginative exploration of the shattering, unintended consequences of advanced technology in the Sturgeon Award-winning tale "The Wedding Album," as well as nine other provocative pieces. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Not since William Gibson and Bruce Sterling galvanized science fiction in the 1980s has the emergence of a new writer been heralded with such acclaim as that attending David Marusek, whose brilliant first novel, Counting Heads, appeared to rave reviews in 2005. But Marusek did not come out of nowhere. Aficionados of the genre had already taken note of his groundbreaking short fiction: masterfully written, profoundly thought-out examinations of futures so real they seemed virtually inevitable.

Now, in this collection of ten short stories, Marusek’s fierce imagination and dazzling extrapolative gifts are on full display. Five of the stories, including the Sturgeon Award-winning “The Wedding Album,” a shattering look at the unintended human consequences of advanced technology, are set in the same future as Counting Heads. All ten showcase Marusek’s talent for literate, provocative science fiction of the very highest order.

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