this is from the novel A GAME OF RAT AND DRAGON by the invisible master of science fiction Cordwainer Smith. Also my wife Taki Soma's favorite writer. Amazing stuff, just pure imagination. If Moebius was a writer only... he'd be Cordwainer. He is truly a writers writer.
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