By John C. Wright
Unsleeping within the evening is the 1st of John C. Wright's 4 great forays into the darkish delusion global of William wish Hodgson's 1912 novel, The evening Land. largely thought of to be the best tribute to Hodgson ever written, this novella used to be formerly released in 2004 within the Year's top technology Fiction: Twenty-First Annual assortment. The five-million yr epic that starts off with "Awake within the Night" maintains in unsleeping within the evening LAND, which as well as "Awake within the Night" includes "The Cry of the Night-Hound", "Silence of the Night", and "The final of All Suns", which jointly inform the haunting story of the final Redoubt of guy and the top of the human race.
John C. Wright has been defined via reviewers as probably the most vital and audacious authors in technology fiction at the present time. In a up to date ballot of greater than 1,000 technological know-how fiction readers, he was once selected because the sixth-greatest dwelling technological know-how fiction author.
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Some crumbled to dust as we touched them. But others were of heavier cloth, and they felt soft and new in our fingers. We found a room with walls made of shelves, which held rows of manuscripts, from the floor to the ceiling. Never had we seen such a number of them, nor of such strange shape. They were not soft and rolled, they had hard shells of cloth and leather; and the letters on their pages were so small and so even that we wondered at the men who had such handwriting. We glanced through the pages, and we saw that they were written in our language, but we found many words which we could not understand.
What agony must have been theirs before that which they saw coming and could not stop! Perhaps they cried out in protest and in warning. But men paid no heed to their warning. And they, these few, fought a hopeless battle, and they perished with their banners smeared by their own blood. And they chose to perish, for they knew. To them, I send my salute across the centuries, and my pity. Theirs is the banner in my hand. And I wish I had the power to tell them that the despair of their hearts was not to be final, and their night was not without hope.
And now we look upon the earth and sky. This spread of naked rock and peaks and moonlight is like a world ready to be born, a world that waits. It seems to us it asks a sign from us, a spark, a first commandment. We cannot know what word we are to give, nor what great deed this earth expects to witness. We know it waits. It seems to say it has great gifts to lay before us, but it wishes a greater gift for us. We are to speak. We are to give its goal, its highest meaning to all this glowing space of rock and sky.