A nyolcadik utas a halál by Alan Dean Foster

By Alan Dean Foster

Hét lefagyasztott ember és Jones macska álmodik a Nostromo teherűrhajó fedélzetén. Anya, a központi számítógép csak akkor vezényel ébresztőt, ha szenzorai rendellenességet észlelnek. A végtelen időben és térben száguldó űrhajó utasait váratlan riadó rázza meg. Rövidesen kiderül, hogy rémálomra ébredtek. A járműre került a tojásait emberbe rakó sebezhetetlen halál. S a Nostromo rettenetes rakományával a Földre tart...

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What bothered him most about Stella's responses was their irreverence. Her two copies laughed off his interrogations, too, though with them he was careful not to stray as far into personal matters. Surely other investigators would have noticed it, the complete lack of seriousness, the ability to joke in the face of deletion; the only clear conclusion he could draw was that she had known about the copying beforehand, that she had had time to prepare, mentally, for everything that was happening.

38 Demiurge He told the computer to beam him to Phoenix. His wife and his strangely silent home vanished behind the telepod's sliding metal door. Demiurge 39 Chapter 4 In the realm of fashion, too, the body is gone; all that remains is Image (that is, Moving Image). Videoplastic clothing, now indisputably in vogue, marks the final replacement of human form with cultural form. We are now precisely as beautiful as the skies, the blooming flowers, the love scenes — precisely as beautiful as the programs we zap into our clothing, the little movies we believe communicate something about ourselves, but which, in fact, rub us out, paint us over with fads, with the welter of collective, puerile dreaming.

Surely other investigators would have noticed it, the complete lack of seriousness, the ability to joke in the face of deletion; the only clear conclusion he could draw was that she had known about the copying beforehand, that she had had time to prepare, mentally, for everything that was happening. While the morning's batch of Stellas was being erased, he went through some interrogations that had been conducted in Beijing, looking for verification of his theory. Unfortunately, the irreverence was less apparent in the Beijing archives, and in fact a few of her copies were downright stone-faced, confused about what was going on and cold to the interrogators.

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