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By John Crowley

Painter is a leo - half guy, half lion - the results of certainly one of man's genetic experiments, a robust, attractive, enigmatic creature deemed a 'failure' to be be hunted down. yet Painter has merits during this global of small bickering country states and political lodging and compromise: his personal energy and integrity, and the guile of Reynard, one other of man's experiments, a refined and powerful intriguer, a king-maker...

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A small elation began to grow in Reynard. He had taken a great chance, on slim knowledge, and it would work out. Knowing only Gregorius, and that tape -- studying it, watching the boy Sten shrink from his father's hand on the podium, watching his selfpossession, the self-possession of someone utterly alone -- Reynard had learned that there was no love between Gregorius and his young heir, None. And when his father lay bleeding at his feet, dying, the boy had run, afraid for his own life: run not home for help but here.

Hello," he said, smiling; both the little word and the fatuous gesture fell hollowly far short of the leo, Meric felt. How could he come to him? " He was in fact harmless, defenseless even. He wondered whether it was possible for him to make himself clear to them. What if it wasn't? Why had he supposed he would be invisible to them? What, anyway, had he come out to learn? The leo stood, and without prelude or greeting walked in short, solid strides to where Meric was crouched by the stone fence.

South," she said. " 4 GO TO THE ANT, THOU SLUGGARD; CONSIDER HER WAYS, AND BE WISE If they had lived on one of the lowest levels, the sun would already be setting for them; and down on the ground, only a few empurpled clouds would have been seen in a sky of lapidary clarity -- if there had been anyone down on the ground to see them, and there wasn't, not for nearly a thousand square miles, which was the extent of Genesis Preserve. But up where they lived, above the hundredth level, they could still see the sun flaming crimson, and it wouldn't disappear from the highest terraces for minutes more.

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