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  • kurvanas
    Welcome to the Charles Sheffield Group. We hope to explore the many worlds created by Sheffield, reexamine his writings, theories, contributions, and debate
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 22, 2005
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      Welcome to the Charles Sheffield Group.

      We hope to explore the many worlds created by Sheffield, reexamine his
      writings, theories, contributions, and debate the man and his lasting
      influence. All are welcome to contribute to this debate.

      Thomas Fortenberry

      Now enter...

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      And Labyrinth was simplifying. One spiral arm now, not thirty-seven.
      One great coiled tube, filled with novelties.
      The bulging vortices had vanished, leaving in their place a horde of
      new arrivals. The Spiral Arm, revealing its diversity...
      ...ships, from the newest design of the Fourth Alliance to the
      ponderous and ancient bulk of the legendary Tantalus orbital fort. The
      corrugated surface of the fort crawled with a thousand identical
      vessels like twelve-legged metallic spiders. Nothing in today's Spiral
      Arm remotely resembled them. Beyond the fort was a transport vessel
      for Hymenopt slaves, with next to it the disk and slim spike of an
      orbital McAndrew balanced drive. Most of the ships in the whole
      mismatched flotilla were drifting in one direction, toward an exterior
      wall of Labyrinth.
      ...writhing free-space Medusae, Torvil Anfracts in miniature, rainbow
      lobes shimmering like sunlit oil on water.
      ...alien creatures, familiar and strange, suited or naked to space,
      dead or alive, fresh or mummified.

      -- Convergence (pp 271-272). Book Four of The Heritage Universe.
      Charles Sheffield.
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