By Christopher Priest
Town is winched alongside tracks via a devastated land choked with opposed tribes. Rails has to be freshly laid sooner than town and thoroughly got rid of in its wake. Rivers and mountains current approximately insurmountable demanding situations to the ingenuity of the city’s engineers. but when the town doesn't flow, it is going to fall farther and farther in the back of the “optimum” into the crushing gravitational box that has reworked lifestyles in the world. the one substitute to growth is death.
The mystery directorate that governs town makes certain that its population comprehend not anything of this. Raised in universal in crèches, nurtured on man made foodstuff, avoided specially from venturing outdoor the closed circuit of the town, they're rigorously sheltered from the dire prerequisites that experience come to outline human lifestyles. And but town is in quandary. the folk are becoming restive, the inhabitants is dwindling, and the rulers understand that, for all their efforts, slowly yet absolutely the town is slipping ever farther in the back of the optimum.
Helward Mann is a member of the city’s elite. higher than a person, he understands how tenuous is the city’s persevered life. however the world—he is set to discover—is infinitely stranger than the unusual global he believes he is aware so good.
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