By Kenneth Calhoun
Insomnia has claimed each person Biggs knows. Even his cherished spouse, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy brain ahead of disappearing into the fast collapsing world. but Biggs can nonetheless sleep, and dream, so he units out to discover her.
He ventures out right into a global ransacked by way of mass confusion and desperation, the place he meets others suffering opposed to the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his blood brother Jordan are devising a scheme to stay off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a highschool scholar wandering the streets in an owl masks, not secure along with her insomniac mom and dad; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a nap learn middle to attempt to guard her kin and maybe reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. throughout, sleep has develop into an infinitely worthwhile commodity. cash can’t purchase it, no drug can contact it, and there are those that might kill to have it. despite the fact that, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, discovering a get to the bottom of and internal power that he by no means knew he had.
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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.