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By Lois McMaster Bujold

Whilst engineer Leo Graf arrives at a unfastened fall station circling a mining planet to educate welding, he’s in for his first surprise: the genetically engineered population have an additional set of hands rather than legs. A moment surprise comes whilst the corporate that owns those four-armed “quaddies” comes to a decision to desert them, and Leo needs to use all his ingenuity to reply to this new main issue. Winner of the Nebula Award for top Novel, and a Hugo finalist.

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Lois McMaster Bujold used to be born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio kingdom collage, from whom she picked up her early curiosity in technological know-how fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has grown young children. She started writing with the purpose e-book in 1982. She wrote 3 novels in 3 years; in October of 1985, all 3 bought to Baen Books, launching her occupation. Bujold went directly to write many different books for Baen, quite often that includes her renowned personality Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family members, acquaintances, and enemies. Her books were translated into twenty-one languages. Her delusion from Eos comprises the award-winning Chalion sequence and the Sharing Knife sequence.

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It wasn't your fault," he hastened to reassure her. She shook her head, her hair waving in lank strands not like its ordinary vivid aureole, her mouth pinched. "I should still have—I concept i'll . . . the pink Ninja by no means informed his enemies his secrets and techniques, and so they drugged and tortured him either! " "Who? " requested Leo, startled. "Oh . . . ! " Silver's voice flattened to a wail. "They discovered approximately our books, too! This time they will locate all of them. . . . " Her lashes clotted with tears which can now not fall, yet merely collect until eventually blotted away. while her eyes widened to stare at Leo in a horrified recognition, or 3 droplets flew off in shimmering tangents. "And now Mr. Van Atta thinks Ti should have identified Tony and Claire have been on his shuttle—collusion—he says he'll get Ti fired! And he will locate Tony and Claire down there—I have no idea what he will do to them. i have by no means visible Mr. Van Atta so indignant. " Leo's set jaw had floor his smile to a grimace. nonetheless he attempted to talk quite. "But you advised them—under drugs—that Ti did not recognize, definitely. " "He did not think it. stated i used to be mendacity. " "But that may be logically inconsistent—" Leo all started, minimize himself brief. "No, you are correct, that would not faze him. God, what an asshole. " Silver's mouth opened in surprise. "You mean—Mr. Van Atta? " "I suggest Brucie-baby. you cannot inform me you have been round the guy for what, 11 months, and never figured that out. " "I notion it was once me—something flawed with me ... " Silver's voice was once nonetheless small and teary, yet her eyes started to brighten with a type of pre-dawn gentle. She overcame her internal miseries adequate to treat Leo with elevated cognizance. "... Brucie-baby? " "Huh. " The reminiscence of 1 of Dr. Yei's lectures approximately conserving unified and constant authority gave Leo pause. It had looked as if it would make nice feel on the time. . . . "Never brain. yet there is not anything improper with you, Silver. " Her regard was once sprucing to anything virtually clinical. "You're no longer terrified of him. " Her tone of ask yourself recommended she discovered this an unforeseen and memorable discovery. "Me? Afraid? Of Brace Van Atta? " Leo snorted. "Not most likely. " "When he first got here, and took over Dr. Cay's place, I thought—thought he will be like Dr. Cay. " "Look, ah ... there's a very historical rule of thumb that states, humans are likely to get promoted to the extent in their incompetence. up to now i feel i have controlled to prevent that unenviable plateau. So, I assemble, did your Dr. Cay. " Screw Yei's scruples, Leo inspiration, and additional bluntly, "Van Atta hasn't. " 'Tony and Claire may by no means have attempted to run away if Dr. Cay have been nonetheless the following. " A straggling species of wish begun in her eyes. "Are you announcing you're thinking that this mess may be Mr. Van Atta's fault? " Leo stirred uneasily, pronged by way of mystery convictions he had now not but voiced even to himself. "Your s—, s—," slavery "situation turns out intrinsically, intrinsically," mistaken his brain provided, whereas his mouth fishtailed, "susceptible to abuse, mishandling of all kinds. simply because Dr. Cay was once so passionately devoted to your welfare—" "Like a father to us," Silver proven unfortunately.

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