Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band Is Playing & Leviathan '99
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A journalist bearing terrible news leaps from a still-moving train into a small town of wonderful, impossible secrets . . .
The doomed crew of a starship follows their blind, mad captain on a quest into deepest space to joust with destiny, eternity, and God Himself . . .
Now and Forever is a bold new work from an incomparable artist whose stories have reshaped America's literary landscape. Two bewitching novellas—each distinctly different, yet uniquely Bradbury—demonstrate the breathtaking range of his undimmed talent and the irrepressible vitality of the mind, spirit, and heart of America's preeminent storyteller.
envelope and read: “My dear James. So you’ve come back. You had to! A lot has happened since you went away.” He paused and regarded the empty desert where Summerton, Arizona, once had stood. He returned to the letter: “When you read this, we will be gone. There will be nothing left but sand and a few footprints soon to be blown away by the wind. We did not wait for the arrival of the machines and their operators. We pulled up our roots and vanished. Have you heard of those orchards that
ever a Summerton, Arizona, a courthouse, a town hall, a picnic ground, an empty school? No, never. Look to the dust. “I will post this letter on the station platform mail-loop in the hope that it will reach you, if you should return. Somehow I know you will come back. I can feel your touch on this envelope even as I sign and seal it. “When you finish reading this, dear friend and lover, consign it to the weather.” And below this was her signature: Nef. He tore the letter in quarters and
drained his glass and slammed it on the table. “To hell with you, sir! Go on your fool’s mission, if that is what you choose.” Enderby stood, and motioned for his crew to follow. They wound their way through the corridors to the airlock doors, donned their suits, and left. In moments, Lightfall 1 and all its crew were gone, lost again to soundless space. CHAPTER 6 Deep in the false night, our captain walked along the sleeping quarter corridors. Quell scanned his mind and spoke his words
a land Ray Bradbury calls “the Undiscovered Country” of his imagination—that vast territory of ideas, concepts, notions and conceits where the stories of this collection were born. Bradbury has spent many lifetimes in this remarkable place—strolling through empty, shadow-washed fields at midnight; exploring long-forgotten rooms gathering dust behind doors bolted years ago to keep strangers locked out … and secrets locked in. The nights are longer in this country. The cold hours of darkness move
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