Hegira by Greg Bear

By Greg Bear

The planet Hegira is the universe's melting pot. countless numbers of tribes in dozens of towns intermingle within the big uncharted territory. the one factor retaining the folks jointly are the large Obelisks, the chronicles of the the entire truths and falsehoods every one tribe has dropped at Hegira.

Young Bar-Woten is looking for wisdom and he is familiar with the major to the reality approximately his place of origin is inside the writings of the Obelisks. along with his fellow partners, Bar-Woten needs to commute via Hegira's unique towns to find the lies in the phrases of millions.

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Kiril asked. ” “Wherever, it is not the land of the First-born. It has no stars, no sun, and no moons. ” Barthel said nothing, but looked down the length of the canyon into gray shadow. Light never reached down there. The shadows were always the same. That seemed important, but he didn’t mention it. By dark they were across the bridge. They camped again, ate, and slept until morning. 28 Greg Bear—Hegira [e-reads] 5 K iril pondered Bar-Woten’s quest as the nearest mountains of Mundus Lucifa lowered like black giants through their clouds.

Several kilometers below, the rift extended into bluish haze, ending at the shores of the largest body of water they had ever seen. It reached to the horizon, and between distant peaks ahead, they could see its gray-blue line. From the altitude the valley was a patchwork of farmland and unworked or dormant fields. On the shoreline a city rose. It looked as large as Madreghb. The land reminded Bar-Woten of Ibis. Near sea level the ground was rich and fertile, and the slopes of the foothills were covered with terraced paddies and forests of camphor-wood and pine.

His insanity had come to the only possible end. He pulled his horse around and galloped back into the courtyard. ” he called. “Barthel! Mount up! ” He saw the Ibisian’s face in a small window on the second floor. He disappeared. Barthel replaced him. ” the Khemite ordered. Kiril dismounted and stopped. How long would it take the soldiers to get to the bottom of the street with men running before them? ” he panted. He ran to the stables, pushed the boy aside, and knocked his hand on the beam beside each stall, trying to find the other horse.

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