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    The Gentle Seduction
    A short story that beautifuly depicts a possible path in our present to future leap.

    credit for finding goes to Phil Duby (I hope he doesn't chew me for mentioning his name here).



    The Gentle Seduction

    by

    Marc Stiegler

    First Published by Analog Magazine in 1989



    He worked with computers; she worked with trees, and the flowers that took hold on the sides of the Mountain.

    She was surprised that he was interested in her. He was so smart; she was so ... normal. But he was interesting; he always said something new and different; he was nice.

    She was 25. He was older, almost 33; sometimes, Jack seemed very old indeed.

    One day they walked through the mist of a gray day by the Mountain. The forest here on the edge of Rainier glowed in the mist, bright with lush greens. On this day he told her about the future, the future he was building.

    Other times when he had spoken of the future, a wild look had entered his eyes. But now his eyes were sharply focused as he talked, as if, this time, he could see it all very clearly. He spoke as if he were describing something as real and obvious as the veins of a leaf hanging down before them on the path.

    "Have you ever heard of Singularity?" he asked.

    She shook her head. "What's that?"



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    Mon, Oct 20, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: sci.fi, stories
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    nom the puppet     Tue, Mar 3, 2009  Permanent link
    A beautiful story. Reinforcing a lot of thoughts I've been having. Thanks.
    Olena     Mon, Sep 21, 2009  Permanent link
    Whose is that night owl image? It's beautiful.
    Fast T     Mon, Sep 21, 2009  Permanent link
    Hi Olena, it is by Remedios Varo,
    Spanish-Mexican, para-surrealist painter. It is called 'Creation of the Birds' and its one of my favories. Glad you like it.
    Olena     Mon, Sep 21, 2009  Permanent link
    Thank you! I didn't know about this artist.

    Also, just finished reading the story - really wonderful as well. Thanks for sharing these.
    Jason J. Gleeson     Mon, Sep 21, 2009  Permanent link
    Wonderful - thank you.
    gamma     Sat, Sep 26, 2009  Permanent link
    The owl is running a drug lab there.
     
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