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An Fear a Phléasc by Micheál Ó Conghaile

By Micheál Ó Conghaile

(An Irish-language name)

"Powerful, inventive, articulate writing, apt and potent in exploring the kind of fabric in query ... if stable brief tale writing used to be lagging lately this could wake up a crowd from their slumber!" — Books eire

A new international is created the following via Micheal O Conghaile, an international which didn't and may by no means exist – yet an international that's, however, uncannily usual . . . tension, fear, irrationality and wit abound. Self id and man's raison d'être explored.

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Terror in his eyes as he takes a deep breath. “Hershel AI, this Marquand, Huygens Base. Emergency comlink override. Open PADSS gateway, transmission to lunar farside, code ... oh, fuck, what is it? ” The thumping recommences, louder now. Marquand glances away again, then back to the camera. “Huygens Base under attack by hostile ... no, I mean ... alien presence ... ” The thumping drowns out his words for a moment. Marquand pushes back his chair, stands up, hefts the metal bar. Eyes shift toward some source behind him.

Attempts were made to signal to the suspected starship, but if they were received or understood, there was no indication; the vessel simply vanished as if it had fallen into a hole. Intelligent life existed elsewhere in the galaxy—that question had finally been laid to rest, at least—yet it didn't seem to be very interested in humankind. “No,” he says truthfully, shaking his head. “No one has spotted an alien ship entering the system, let alone in 63 Allen Steele: Short Stories, Volume 1 by Allen Steele proximity of Titan.

I'm still learning, but personal pronouns are no longer foreign to me, and it's no longer necessary to refer to all events in the present tense. To those of you who have patiently suffered through my broken English during this chronicle, I sincerely apologize. This was an attempt to portray the person I once was, before Sylvie came into my life. We used the money earned during the Boston tests for a trip to Mexico City, where Sylvie got see her brother for the first time in two years. Six months later, we flew to Nepal and made a trek through the Annapurna region, where I showed her a sunrise over the Himalayas.

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