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By Brian W. Aldiss

From the writer of DRACULA UNBOUND and A ROMANCE OF THE EQUATOR, a technology fiction novel within which humanity on the earth has develop into sterile due to radiation from atomic trying out in area, and the growing old inhabitants ekes out an lifestyles within the face of nature which now reclaims the cities and villages with wild plants.

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No, And I wouldn't want him to be," Meg said defensively. "Wanting doesn't have anything to do with it. Charles Wallace is what he is. Different. " "Yes. " Meg twisted her pencil so hard that it broke. She laughed. "I'm sorry. I'm really not being destructive. " "No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. " Meg sighed heavily, took off her glasses and twirled them, put them back on again. "Well, I know Charles Wallace is different, and I know he's something more.

Meg jerked up from the stone on which she was perched, but Calvin grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her back down. "Hold it, kid. " "No," Meg said, but continued to pull away. " "Come on, calm down. You know it isn't true, I know it isn't true. And how anybody after one look at your mother could believe any man would leave her for another woman just shows how far jealousy will make people go. " "I guess so," Meg said, but her happiness had fled and she was back in a morass of anger and resentment.

I guess I am a moron. " "That is because you think of space only in three dimensions," Mrs. Whatsit told her. "We travel in the fifth dimension. This is something you can understand, Meg. Don't be afraid to try. " "Well, she never did," Meg said. "She got so upset about it Why, Mrs. Whatsit? " 76 The Tesseract "It was a concept they were playing with," Mrs. Whatsit said, "going beyond die fourth dimension to the fifth. " Charles looked a little embarrassed. "Please don't be hurt, Meg. " Meg sighed.

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