Aliens: Recent Encounters

Less than the numerous billions of stars within the universe, what types will alien lifestyles take? How will they stay? And what's going to ensue after we meet them? extraterrestrial beings: contemporary Encounters collects solutions to those questions from a few of today's top technology fiction writers. From first encounters to existence along aliens—and tales of the aliens' personal lives—here are many futures: violent and peaceable, star-spanning and private. just one factor is sure: alien lifestyles will defy our expectancies.

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Tulip, wind-flower, and columbine Blossomed. To his believing mind These things were real, and the wind. Blown through the mullioned window, took Scent from the lilies in the book. " cried Friar Jerome, "Whatever man illumined this. Though he were steeped heart-deep in sin, Was worthy of unending bliss. And no doubt hath it! Ah! dear Lord, Might I so beautify Thy Word! What sacristan, the convents through, Transcribes with such precision? who Does such initials as I do? Lo! I will gird me to this work, And save me, ere the one chance slips.

I lost the Third that own'd me when French Noailles fled at Dettingen; The year James Wolfe surpris'd Quebec, The Fourth in hunting broke his neck; The day that William Hogarth dy'd The Fifth one found me in Cheapside. This was a Scholar, one of those Whose Greek is sounder than their hose; He lov'd old books and nappy ale. So liv'd at Streatham, next to Thrale. 'Twas there this stain of grease I boast Was made by Dr. Johnson's toast. ) And now that I so long to-day Have rested post discrimina, Safe in the brass-wir'd bookcase where I watch'd the Vicar's whit'ning hair.

My Lever left me long ago, I know not when or how— I can't build "castles in the air," my Mason's missing now. And yet, in spite of these mishaps, I have some pleasures still. For can I not devour my Lamb and Bullock, too, at will? A tit-bit, too, from Hog(g) is rare—a slice of Wolf(e) not bad— And then, when I am thirsty—why, I've Porter too, bedad. My Spencer has been boned, 'tis true, but they have left my Hood, Nor have they filched my Mackintosh, so I can face a flood. At last I've found a Key to Lock(e), though, it is odd, no doubt, That, when I take his meaning in, I find his meaning out!

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