I thought youd come to see me about the problems your familys having with the carème gpa 6000,. But if your sole purpose was to berate me for what you think is my attitude towards your family, congratulations on your fabulous esp. Emily opened the Italian leather briefcase in her lap and yanked out a stack of papers. You want me to cut to the chase? She slapped the rustling pile onto marjories desk. The house you sold to my parents is unsatisfactory and the carème 6000 Mequizeen kitchen unit contained therein is a danger to life and limb. We want it removed and destroyed.
I do apologize if youve misconstrued any of my words or actions. It was a privilege and a pleasure to deal with your parents. I know, Emily returned. I saw the check daddy handed over at the closing. We know a family or two back home who could live for a year on the commission you earned. And before your mind flashes into beverly hillbillies reruns, back home for us was neither the backwoods nor the boondocks. Not all small southern towns are drenched in hot-and-cold running possums. Marjories fingers curled, her hands knotted. She wanted desk to squeeze emily junes slim, white neck like a toothpaste tube.
Why, theyre almost human! Instead of the fruit basket and bottle of swill you gave us as a moving-in gift, why didnt you just buy us a welcome mat that said. Marjorie felt her cheeks heat with the intense blush of an amoral wife caught by hubby twixt the sheets with the pool boy. (Which indeed was how Marjories last-marriage-but-one had ended.) Damn this girl, she thought. How dare she be so bloody right, the sow? Newcomb, arent you being a trifle harsh? Marjories teeth gritted together only a little when she smiled. And calling a bottle of moët et Chandon swill?
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Behind her, floor-to-ceiling windows framed a glittering panorama of New York city from a very expensive height. Did i actually hear you call the carème 6000 Mequizeen newfangled? Would you like me to call it a contraption while Im at it? Emily june newcomb replied tartly. She tossed back her golden hair and added: Im willing to throw in a couple of complimentary goldangs and maybe a consarn it or two, if you insist, but yeehaw costs extra. I assure you,. Newcomb, i didnt mean to insult you, marjorie said hastily.
I was simply charmed by your colorful choice of words. Bullshit, maam, Emily said without raising her voice. She didnt have to: a woman with her celebrity-level good looks was always heard. Hows that for colorful? I know what you really think of me and my family. I just wish that when you were showing us the house, i wasnt the only one who noticed the way you kept giving Mama and Daddy those condescending essay little homer smirks every time they ooh ed and aah ed over all the fancy tricks that deathtrap. It was like you were at the zoo, thinking What clever little monkeys.
It is interesting and exciting in its own way, but not exactly what I was expecting. Probably not what you were expecting either. Everyone had their own expectations-their own idea of what should and shouldnt. Which is why we get what we have. Gathered here are sixteen stories of what this future we have now, and will have tomorrow, might have been.
Maybe still will. Or maybe even one were glad is not. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did. I hope they make you as nostalgic for the future that could have been as they have made. A rosé for emily by Esther. Marjorie bedford echoed, as if repeating the outlandish word would somehow make it go away. She leaned her forearms on the massive mahogany desk that was hers by right of being Paradise purchased Properties top saleswoman.
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Everyone is smart; probably, were all scientists. Everything is all shiny chrome and sleekly aerodynamic. Well, here we are in the future. Shiny chrome and sleek aerodynamics come and go as design fashions. We didnt get our flying cars, but the entertainment possibilities today are staggering. We have music on demand, and were able to hear music seemingly minutes after it has been recorded. Also, there are some home theater systems that rival small theaters, without the overpriced snacks. Phones everywhere we go, which mom is becoming annoying.
Then and writing there i promised myself that someday i would live on the moon. It didnt seem such an impossible dream. All the science fiction that I read clearly implied that the future would hold wonders of technology that would revolutionize our lives, change the way we understood and interacted with each other, and help us to achieve the ideals of freedom and equality and prosperity. After all, why would anyone go to the trouble of getting to the moon, and then stop? Sadly, but Im sure not surprisingly, i dont live on the moon, and theres very little chance i ever will. Someone, somewhere along the line didnt keep the implied promise of the future. You know that future: the one where we all have some form of flying transportation, flying cars or jet-packs, and no one has to cook or do any of the boring housework that everyone hates.
lunar missions. Men landing and walking on the moon, collecting rocks and dirt, jumping around and having fun in their lunar buggy. It was exciting, thrilling, breathtaking, and inspiring. I remember one night looking up at the moon and thinking someone was up there, looking back. Probably they were busy elsewhere, or whatnot, but lets go with.
Kicking and Screaming Her way to the Altar, copyright 2007 by Alan. Alien voices, review copyright 2007. Inside job, copyright 2007 by loren. A small skirmish in the culture war, copyright 2007 by mike resnick and James Patrick kelly. Dark wings, copyright 2007 by lisanne norman. My father, The popsicle, copyright 2007 by Annie reed. Destiny, copyright 2007 by julie hyzy.
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Martin h greenberg, Esther. Hoyt, dave freer, Brenda cooper, kevin. Coleman, mike resnick, james Patrick kelly, lisanne norman, Annie reed, julie hyzy, dean Wesley smith, Irene radford, rebecca moesta, kristine kathryn Rusch. Acknowledgments, introduction copyright 2007 by homework rebecca lickiss. A rosé for Emily, copyright 2007 by Esther. Waiting For Juliette, copyright 2007 by sarah. Boys, copyright 2007 by dave freer. Trainer of Whales, copyright 2007 by Brenda cooper. Good Old days, copyright 2007 by kevin.