Age of Anansi (Pantheon Triptych) by James Lovegrove

By James Lovegrove

An unique stand-alone novella in James Lovegrove's most sensible promoting Patheon series.

Dion Yeboah leads an orderly, disciplined life... till the day the spider seems. What feels like a regular arachnid seems to be Anansi, the trickster god of African legend, and its arrival throws Dion's life into chaos. Dion's already amazing felony mind is sharpened. He turns into nimbler-witted and extra ruthless, capable of manage and mislead like by no means ahead of, either out and in of courtroom. He has been reworked into Anansi's avatar in the world. then he discovers the cost he has to pay for his new-found talents: he needs to shuttle to the United States and participate in a competition among avatars of all of the different trickster gods. It's a life-or-death conflict of wits, jam-packed with skulduggery and double-cross. on the finish, just one might be left status.

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Rather to his surprise, he found that he could. He felt quite contented, in a dazed, stupid kind of way. He knew dimly that the rescue ship must have come, that the automatic revival sequence had been triggered, and that soon he would be seeing other human beings. That was fine, but he did not get excited about it. Presently he felt hunger. The computer, of course, had anticipated this need. "There is a signal button by your right hand, Dave. " Bowman forced his fingers to hunt around, and presently discovered the pear-shaped bulb.

Pumping sequence started," repeated Hal. At once, Poole could hear the throbbing of the pumps as precious air was sucked out of the lock chamber. " Poole made a final check of his tiny instrument panel. Everything was perfectly normal. "Open outer door," he ordered. " and the computer would stop the sequence immediately. Ahead, the walls of the ship slid apart. Poole felt the pod rock briefly as the last thin traces of air rushed into space. Then he was looking out at the stars – and, as it happened, at the tiny, golden disk of Saturn, still four hundred million miles away.

Below this was a small "space-garage" fitted with three airlocks, through which powered capsules, just large enough to hold a man, could sail out into the void if the need arose for extravehicular activity. The equatorial region of the pressure sphere – the slice, as it were, from Capricorn to Cancer – enclosed a slowly rotating drum, thirty-five feet in diameter. As it made one revolution every ten seconds, this carrousel or centrifuge produced an artificial gravity equal to that of the Moon. This was enough to prevent the physical atrophy which would result from the complete absence of weight, and it also allowed the routine functions of living to be carried out under normal – or nearly normal – conditions.

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