The Stone That Never Came Down
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The world is awash in civic decay, military coups and revolutionary governments, bands of believers ('Godheads') roaming the streets and turning plastic crosses into assault weapons. One scientist has discovered a new kind of viral drug, VC, which has the power to drastically alter the human mind. It could save civilization but at what cost? And who has the right to make a decision about whether or not to use it? Brunner at his thought-provoking, action-packed best.
any more.” “What?” Epton stared at him in surprise. “Chief, I thought you’d be pleased! I mean, it’s the first murder on our patch in nearly a year, isn’t it? A black mark on the map!” He pointed at the unsolved-crimes chart; it had sprouted even more coloured pins. “But now it’s no longer our pigeon.” –The bastards! Sawyer clenched his fists. It was one thing to call in the Yard murder squad; that was routine, and done even by provincial police forces, because Scotland Yard boasted the most
bloody city is going to be a pile of smoking ruins! Somebody had celebrated Christmas by blowing up the Town Hall. He’d seen the casualties. Only half a dozen of them, people who’d been walking or driving past, because of course the place was empty over the holiday, but it had turned his stomach to watch them being carried away. –And who’d want to live in a ruined city? And then … “Down!” A scream from the lieutenant leading the patrol, and Dennis Stevens reacted just that fraction too late.
site–assuming it’s habitable after the radioactivity has died away?” Gifford blinked rapidly several times. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said at last. “But you know what I’m talking about. You admit you abstracted a quantity of VC in its substrate from these laboratories!” “I admit nothing of the sort,” Kneller said promptly, and Randolph echoed him. “Very well, we shall have to place you under arrest, and carry out the necessary tests to determine whether you have indeed
law. So he might very well run into some of his mates here. And while there was a lot to be said for joining the Army in times of high unemployment–security, technical training, the chance of travel, plenty of sport, and all the rest of it, which had tempted him when he grew bored beyond endurance and certainly had been provided as promised–if it were true, as the headlines on today’s Daily Mirror claimed, that they were going to send troops to Glasgow and drive the men who’d been on strike
close to babbling in his agitation. “Never mind, leave it to me,” Bradshaw said. “You, Mr Barton? You can help me?” “I can indeed. By pure chance I happen to have with me one of the newest aerosol products from America. It will disguise unpleasant stinks more efficiently than the finest of all possible incense. Allow me to offer it to you in the morning prior to the mass which Marshal Dalessandro will attend.” “And two other cabinet ministers, and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces,