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By Ben Lerner

Within the final yr, the narrator of 10:04 has loved not likely literary good fortune, has been clinically determined with a most likely deadly clinical , and has been requested through his ally to aid her conceive a toddler. In a brand new York of more and more widespread superstorms and social unrest, he needs to reckon along with his personal mortality and the possibility of fatherhood in a urban that will quickly be underwater.

A author whose paintings Jonathan Franzen has known as "hilarious . . . cracklingly clever . . . and unique in each sentence," Lerner captures what it's prefer to be alive now, throughout the twilight of an empire, while the trouble of imagining a destiny is altering our courting to either the current and the past.

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Geary checked his fleet status for information on Exemplar’s commanding officer. Commander Vendig. Very good marks. Recommended for command of a battle cruiser. Why not a battleship? Geary frowned as he put together for the first time that every one of his best commanders was a battle cruiser captain. Conversely, many of his problem officers were battleship captains, including the most serious pains like Captains Faresa and Numos 42 JACK CAMPBELL and new problems like Captain Casia. I hadn’t realized that, hadn’t seen the pattern, and whatever it is may be obvious to officers in the current fleet.

Orion is making some progress on repairs, but Majestic is dragging. Neither of them will be fighting in the line of battle for a while. ” Rione’s voice had 32 JACK CAMPBELL gone low and hard. “Running from this fleet, then running and leaving their comrades at Vidha—” “I know that,” Geary broke in, his own voice rough with anger. “But I can’t write off those ships and crews! ” Rione sat silent, her face flushed. ” “I deserved it,” she shot back, her anger seeming directed mostly at herself. “I’m a politician.

The mistake had quite literally put the entire fleet at greater risk, and with the entire fleet fleeing for its life deep in Syndic space, increasing that risk took real effort. But she had done a good job, or at least a decent one, up until now. And who did he choose in her place if he relieved her? The captain of Titan was enthusiastic but too young and inexperienced. In a fleet heavily focused on honor and seniority, elevating him to command of the auxiliaries division would create a lot of resentment, and there wasn’t even any guarantee that he could handle that much responsibility this soon.

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