By Stephen Baxter, Cory Doctorow, Sean Williams, Robert Reed, Greg Egan Alastair Reynolds
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The buildings, set back from the intersecting roads in long ranks, look drearily similar, as if stamped from the same machine tool-even the party images flickering on their sides are the same from building to building. The same faces, the same slogans. For a moment I have the sense of having embarked on a ludicrous and faintly delusional task. Any one of these buildings could be where she lives. They’ll find me long before I have time to search each lobby, hoping to find a name. I’d shown the driver the address I’d written down, pulled from the public telephone directory on Doctor Kizim’s desk.
Maybe he thinks he’s hit me. It’s good—a robot snowplow wouldn’t stop, so there must be someone operating this one. I hobble around to the cab, where the driver’s glaring at me through an unopened window. He’s got a moustache, a woolen hat jammed down over his hair and ears, the red nose of a serious drinker. ” The driver looks at me like I’m dirt, some piece of roadside debris he’d have been better shoveling into the verge. This far out of town, on this road, it doesn’t take much guesswork to figure out where I’ve come from.
If I don’t get warm soon they’ll find me naked and dead in the snow. How long have I been out? An hour, two hours? There’s no way to tell. It’s like being back on the Tereshkova, when we slept so little that a day could feel like a week. All I know is that it’s still night. They’ll find me when the sun is up, but until then there’s still time to locate Nesha Petrova. I touch the metal prize in my pocket, reassuring myself that it’s still there. As if invoked by the act of touching the prize, a monstrous machine comes roaring towards me out of the night.