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By John Barnes

ISBN-10: 031289077X

ISBN-13: 9780312890773

ISBN-10: 0812589688

ISBN-13: 9780812589689

Currie Culver is ready fifty-five years outdated, in reliable wellbeing and fitness, residing in a comfy retirement within the Rockies along with his spouse. within the wake of the Meme Wars that swept the planet generations ahead of, Currie, his spouse, and nearly everybody on the earth have of their minds a replica of 1 precise, software program that offers its hosts constrained telepathy and instills one of those normal cooperation.In his more youthful days, Currie hunted "comboys"--people who had unplugged from the worldwide internet which will avoid One actual, and who concealed in wasteland components, surviving by means of raiding the outposts of civilization. Now Currie is named again into provider to catch the final comboy nonetheless at huge, a guy who calls himself Lobo. together with his excessive tech apparatus, completely plugged into the worldwide internet, Currie units out to carry Lobo in.Instead, Lobo captures Currie, and manages to deprogram him. Thrown again at the assets of his personal intelligence, braveness, and knowledge for the 1st time in twenty-five years, Currie reveals himself in a conflict of minds along with his captor . . . with effects that may switch the lives of everybody on Earth.In the easiest culture of John W. Campbell and Robert A. Heinlein, Candle is a unique approximately individualism and society that might depart readers breathless, arguing, and critical extra.

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I stopped all to watch a bunch of big, thick icicles that had probably been growing in the depression in the cliff face since November, dripping in the sunlight, dropping water back into the little hot spring that had spawned them; it hissed now and then as a cold drop found a spot of hot rock. A little stream of steam rose from the spring and enveloped the icicles, but it looked to me like the sun was sweeping away the steam for the most part, and the icicles must be losing more to their dripping than they were gaining from condensation.

So I was now invisible except at very close range, and could relax in my new home. Shelters are always too hot on the inside the first night, before their brains catch the rhythm of the outside temperature, so once I had done the minimum unpacking and verified that the bed and linens had generated properly, I took off all my clothes. I stripped out of my outside suit, turned it inside out, and stuffed it into the recoverer, which would clean it thoroughly, extract and purify the water from the reservoirs, scavenge the body salts for anything useful, make sure the electrets were up to full charge, and finally drop out a couple of pebble-sized chunks of waste.

I carefully closed the flap and walked around the outside barrier that kept the brief flash of warmth from being visible through infrared scopes. For today I would be working my way down into the Dead Mule drainage, exploring this north side of it, to see what conditions were like on the ground and look for any places where someone might hide from the satellites. I had gone only about 200 meters when what had looked like firm ground turned out to be a snowbank, which slipped away under my feet.

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