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A Million Open Doors by John Barnes

By John Barnes

Nou Occitan is a spot the place duels are fought with equivalent ardour over insults and creative perspectives alike. Giraut--swordsman, troubador, lover--is a creature of this swashbuckling international, the main remoted of humanity's Thousand Cultures.But the winds of switch have come to Nou Occitan. because the invention of the "springer"--instantaneous interstellar go back and forth, at a price--spreads through the human galaxy, the soundness and purity of no global, irrespective of how remoted, is secure. Nor can Giraut's existence stay untouched. To his ask yourself, his is ready to discover himself made an envoy to another human global, a spot unusual past his wildest imaginings.

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Bieris and I giggled; Aimeric burst out laughing. " Bieris asked. " Bruce sighed. "Nowadays I'm way out of practice. " "The three of us spent a lot of time practicing it," Aimeric said. "Yap, you and me and Charlie. " Aimeric sighed. " I had known Aimeric for almost a full Wilson-year—just a bit less than twelve stanyears—since my family had been his host family after his arrival in Nou Occitan. And in all that time, I had never heard him speak of this Charlie, who had apparently been one of those who died in the tank on the way.

What you can't do is prohibit or tax interstellar trade, or set prices for it, or touch any property acquired through interstellar trade. " Carruthers's hands twisted together in front of him like fighting animals. "I still don't—well, no matter anyway. It will still pose no problem for us, except for a test of faith, and there are always plenty of those. " Aimeric shook his head like a dazed bull. "What I'm saying is that people are not going to want what you want them to want. " He sighed. "But all that can be set aside.

My God, I tried so hard to go myself. " "We had seven thousand members in the Liberal Association. " Aimeric drummed his fingers on the table and stared at the wall. Bruce said, softly, "Think of it the way the PPP would see it. Here's a chance to get rid of sixty or seventy heretics and troublemakers, in exchange for being able to fill some needed slots at the university without running the risk of having to allow Caledons to read forbidden texts as part of their training. I don't say that any of you was wrong to go, Aimeric.

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