Phases of Gravity

Phases of Gravity

Dan Simmons

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 1497638577

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Phases of Gravity

Dan Simmons

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 1497638577

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Richard Baedecker thinks his greatest challenge was walking on the moon, but then he meets a mysterious woman who shows him his past. Join Baedecker as he comes to grips with the son and wife he lost owing to his passion for space exploration, his forgotten childhood, and the loss he experienced during the deadly flight of the Challenger. The most difficult exploration of his life is not the cold, rocky crevices of the moon, but the warm interior of his heart. Brilliant and beautifully written, Phases of Gravity is a masterpiece about love and loss that transports readers far beyond the confines of space and time.

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pretty empty,” said Baedecker. “I could see the lights of Old Settlers—at least I presume it was Old Settlers—out southeast of the high school. Sounded like everyone was out there.” For Baedecker as a boy, the Old Settlers carnival weekend had been three days that marked the very heart of summer while simultaneously being the last joyous event before the sickening countdown to the resumption of school. Old Settlers had meant the recognition of entropy. “Oh, heck, yeah,” said Ackroyd. “It’ll be

a child, learning to swim in Lake Michigan, and his father was holding him under the arms while he kicked and bounced his way across the sand of the lake bottom. What marvelous lightness, the supporting strength of his father’s arms, the gentle rise and fall of the green waves, the perfect synchronization of weight and buoyancy meeting in the ribbon of balance flowing up from the balls of his feet. He still dreamed about that. The sun rose like a great, orange balloon, its sides shifting

darkness that lay beneath the bridge, could sense the submerged trees far below the surface, and could feel his descent to the muddy lake bottom. He could imagine the drowned streets and houses and graveyards of the valley turned reservoir, all waiting beneath the dark waters. Waiting for him. Two feet in front of Baedecker’s eyes, a weed grew out of a narrow fissure in the bridge surface. He could not reach it. It would not hold him if he did. He felt the saving pressure on his torn hands and

trail. Baedecker grinned at her. “Can’t memorize the first stanza of Thanatopsis, eh?” he said. Maggie shrugged and grinned back. Together they moved up the trail toward the beckoning band of sunlight. They found the tattered remains of the small backpack tent near the thirteen-thousand-foot level. A hundred yards farther on they found the girl named Maria. She was huddled against a rock, her hands clasped between her clenched knees, and, despite the direct sunlight now bathing them all in gold,

mustard, had a couple of beers from 154 Dan Simmons—Phases of Gravity [e-reads] the cooler, driven back to Lonerock, had a beer or two on the way, unloaded the truck, stacked the wood in the shed behind Dave’s house, had a beer, brought the truck back, and had a couple of beers with Kink. Then they had returned to the house to sit on the porch and drink beer. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when Dave made his announcement. “Jesus, drunk from beer,” he said. “That’s high school

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