Mountain of Black Glass (Otherland, Volume 3)

By Tad Williams

Mountain of Black Glass is the 3rd quantity of Tad Williams' hugely acclaimed four-book sequence, Otherland. a very targeted studying adventure combining components of technological know-how fiction,fantasy, and techno-thriller, it's a wealthy epic story during which digital fact might end up the main to an entire new universe of probabilities for the complete human race--or develop into the particular area of the wealthy and the ruthless as they search a technological pathway to immortality....

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Was once it like these ghost-children you defined? ” Renie requested. “One of these? ” “No. these felt like humans, no matter what they have been in truth. This gave the look of a gap into whatever else, as if the item you observed as ! Xabbu have been one of those glove-puppet, and that i used to be sensing the hand beneath. ” Florimel made a harsh noise. “I can't say i love the sound of that. whatever from the Grail Brotherhood, come trying to find us? even perhaps the fake Quan Li, come again back in a special form? ” Martine shook her head, rubbing at her eyes as though she had drained herself out watching whatever. “I imagine now not. might be it used to be only a unusual quirk of this setting. a mirrored image, perhaps—a type of echo of the genuine ! Xabbu. ” Renie by surprise had to percentage the eerie concept that had gripped her. “Maybe it’s whatever this . . . this position is doing. looking at us, studying us, making copies folks. ” “Double-goers,” stated Florimel, thinking about. “No, that isn't correct. Double-goers. Double-goers. ” Renie was once careworn. “What do you suggest? ” “I imagine you recognize the German observe, however the software program forces a translation. ” “I can say it,” Martine acknowledged with a small smile, “because i'm talking English. there's a paradox for you, no? The observe Florimel is asserting is ‘doppelgangers. ’ ” Renie nodded. “I’ve heard it, convinced. yet I don’t just like the suggestion. ” She shivered and regarded round. “I recognize we already took a vote, and I’m now not attempting to opposite the result, yet I by no means beloved this position a lot and that i think much more that manner now. ” What she didn’t say, and maybe didn’t have to say now that her partners had come to understand her, used to be that she was once feeling intensely the strain to do something—the desire was once thumping in her like a drumbeat. “We be aware of, Renie,” acknowledged Martine kindly. “But we can't do whatever until eventually the others go back, at the least. ” Renie began to say whatever, then had a unexpected, shiny recollection of a ghost tale she have been instructed by way of her grandmother during which the spirit of somebody who was once loss of life seemed at that very same second to his household far-off. For a second her terror was once so nice she couldn't converse. She felt such strong aid while ! Xabbu and the others ultimately got here trooping again that she may well in basic terms supply the fellow within the baboon sim a hug, then succeed in out to the touch him every now and then as he and the others made their file. “. . . The truth,” he acknowledged, “is that we've got came upon not anything in any of 4 instructions we've got attempted, apart from a few small strangenesses just like the animal T4b and Florimel observed the day gone by, and some issues i personally have came upon. ” “Monkey-man tripped on a few air,” defined T4b, tremendously entertained. “That isn't really what happened,” acknowledged ! Xabbu, his dignity maybe a section bruised. “What i discovered is that simply as there are locations the place the land doesn't think correct, or the place we will be able to succeed in via issues that appear to be prior to us, there also are areas the place the air has grown strong. a minimum of, it truly is thicker than air might be, as if it have been . . . i can't discover a notice. as if it have been . . . changing into whatever.

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