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By Brian Wilson Aldiss

This selection of SF tales represents thirty years of Brian Aldiss’ prolific writing lifestyles. together with perceptive insights into the chilly warfare and our mounting wisdom of Mars, Aldiss demonstrates how tales that had a unique importance Then can rouse our senses Now, and turns the terrific into the wondrously believable.

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Of course, I told no one. How could I? What would I tell them? That Daddy had made me do things I didn’t understand? “That’s what people do when they love each other,” he had said. In my heart, I so desperately wanted to believe him. But my head seemed unwilling to let me. And that conflict, that irreconcilable conflict, began to take its toll. I never liked Lebanon Township Jail, but now I felt terrified to go to school. And to the ballet class I had always loved. And of being outside at all. My ballet teacher tried everything to get me to come back to the dance studio, but I went into near hysterics at the idea.

The nurse became Mary Poppins and sent the little girl and boy up to their beds in the nursery. I pretended that she was tucking me in along with them, kissing me on the forehead. “Spit spot into bed,” I made her say. And none of them had pinkeye. My mother pried me away from that world long enough to take me to the doctor. If he thought my pinkeye was fake, he didn’t let on. He prescribed drops that would cure conjunctivitis, but of course they wouldn’t work on me. After weeks and weeks of the morning rubbing ritual, Mommy suspected I was making up my illness—mainly because my conjunctivitis always got mysteriously better on Saturday but worse on Monday.

When we fought, I sensed that Kathy truly disliked me. She did all the things that siblings might do, twisting my wrist to give me an “Indian burn” or digging her nails into my arm until little reds marks appeared. But she did it with a gusto that made me think her anger was deeper than any mark she left. Kathy saw me as prettier, even though I always felt too awkward to be pretty, with my floating eye and pigeon toes. But to Kathy, thin defined pretty, and thin I was. She, however, was chubby, and my father made sure she knew it.

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