By D. Harlan Wilson
Due to the fact he assassinated the Nowhere guy, Vincent Prague hasn't been an identical, haunted by way of the ontological impossibility of the kill. His megastar prestige has skyrocketed, besides the fact that, and everyone desires a section of him. The MAP (Ministry of utilized strain) promotes him to Anvil-in-Chief, the catbird's seat of specified brokers. less than the so-stupid-it's-genius alias of "Vincent 'Codename' Prague," he works a case that leads him to the previous Czech Republik's Prague, a gloomy cirque du urban the place androids run wild, femme fatales chronically manhandle him, and a mad chef named Doktor Teufelsdr?ckh has created a Hitler/Keats/Daikaiju hybrid that might make Frankenstein's monster sing like a Von Trapp ... In an overtechnologized global of continuous reckoning, all Vincent has are his wits, his guns, and a briefcase packed with replaceable extremities to crack a mysterious code that, he quickly discovers, is living inside of himself.
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Her tongue felt like leather. On Day 1,241, they cut Prague down and unleashed him into the general population. It took 100+ days to get used to standing and walking upright. Patients weren’t allowed to wear clothes. Orderlies shaved them from head to toe with dull straight razors every day. A mechanical pharmacist stalked them constantly, machinegunning pills that were absorbed into the skin on impact. Patients had to sleep two per single cot. Prague’s bedmate was a cannibal. Every morning he woke up bleeding martini juice, chunks of flesh torn from his limbs, abdomen and back, and he had to visit the medical ward, which was owned and operated by cannibal sympathizers who reluctantly sewed Prague up, although not without serving him a fair share of procannibal propaganda.
The universe, as a matter of fact, is one great hole. And we’re all inside of it. e. I am already a hole). The question, then, is not: To be or not to be a hole? The question is: Have I ever been anything but a hole? No, that’s not the question. e. , my hole-I-ness)? The vidphone rang. He shaved his face in six broad strokes. The vidphone hung up and rang again. He listened to it. It hung up and rang again four more times. He went into the kitchen and touched a miniscreen. “I am a hole where something else used to be,” he said.
Your monster can be anything you want it to be as long as you don’t muck it up. ” “Signature? ” The monster peddler pointed at his elbow. ” He handed the customer a slip of paper and a magic marker. ” Dr Teufelsdröckh perused the document: QUANTITY 1 ACME MONSTER MAKING KIT® sold to QUANTITY 1 PERSON. The seller is not responsible for ANYTHING that happens (pertaining to the aforementioned ACME MONSTER MAKING KIT® or life and the universe in general) after the conclusion of this transaction to QUANTITY 1 PERSON, who buys at his own risk, of his own free will, and according to his own code of ethics.