He’s a feral child. No mother, no father, no one to care for him or raise him or teach him how to be human. So he’s existed much like an animal, without language. He thinks in images, not word.”
“How strange,” Lanaya, sounding amazed.
Ryter shakes his head sadly. “Not strange, I’m afaraid. His condition is all too common in the latches. And becoming more common every day.

But Steve will die if I do that!” I cried.
“Yes,” he agreed. “It is your assistance or his life.”
“That’s not much of a choice,” I grumbled.
“No,” he admitted, “it is not. But it is the only one I offer.

But in life we don’t usually get to choose the time of our defining moments. We just have to stand and face them when they come, no matter what sort of a state we’re in.

ten thousand Soviet evacuees had been drowned off Tallinn, and twenty-three thousand Hungarian Jews murdered at Kamenets Podolsk, in the same three day period. But these were far from the only deaths in those few August days.

super zip codes’, looks increasingly like a new caste, equipped with the wealth and power to override the effects of mean reversion in human reproduction, so that even their dimmer progeny inherit their lifestyle.14

Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.

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