Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity, Book 1)

By Justina Robson

The Quantum Bomb of 2015 replaced every little thing. the cloth that saved the universe's varied dimensions aside used to be torn and now, six years later, the folk of earth exist in uneasy corporation with the population of, among others, the elfin, elemental, and demonic nation-states. Magic is genuine and will be much more harmful than know-how. Elves are unique, erotic, risky, and very uninterested in the consistent Lord of the earrings references. Elementals are a legislations unto themselves and demons are top left good to themselves.

Special agent Lila Black was once lovely, yet now she's now not so certain. Her physique is greater than part stressed carbon and steel alloy equipment, a computing device she's slightly in charge of. It is going into strive against mode, sufficient guns for a small military springing from inside itself, on the merest provocation. As for her center, good, ever given that being drawn right into a video game via the elfin rockstar Zal (lead singer of The No Shows), who she's been assigned to guard, she's no longer even convinced she will belief that any further both.

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She driven clear of him and stood up speedy. She was once so scorching, she needed to get out. silly. She was once silly to do this and imagine it used to be whatever yet usual lust and human desire reacting to basic excessive Elf glamour. “Comfortably numb,” Zal stated softly, eyes glazed, his contact all long gone from her. He lay nonetheless, spreadeagled within the sheets. “Is that what you do with the elementals? ” she requested. “I'll convey you, subsequent time,” he provided, and he or she had doubtless he intended it. there has been a whole swap in him. His angle had long gone, changed through this terrifying sincerity and that Alfheim cool coverage she could not stand and could not cease eager to watch. Lila brushed her palms throughout her mouth and swallowed the lines of the medication. They made her think heady and too full of life. She appeared anyplace yet at him. “Well,” he stated after a second, sitting up. “I desire that taught you to not move beginning fires. ” “I didn't begin the Game,” she snapped. She spotted that the most room had long gone quiet and knew that Poppy at the very least has to be ear wigging for all she used to be worthy. Zal raised one eyebrow. “I used to be speaking to myself. i will wake up. thank you. i will be certain and get under the influence of alcohol extra usually. ” He waited, pointedly. “Oh correct! ” Lila acknowledged in exasperation and became her again. She used sensors in her again to monitor with as an alternative and stuck him smiling to himself, at her, in that demanding patrician manner of somebody who thinks they are profitable. She used to be going to aim for a wise retort yet stumbled on herself taking a look at the tattoo back as he became his again. It burned quite brightly, a yellow that used to be virtually white. “What is that speculated to be? ” “I must have identified you would have eyes behind your head,” he stated and walked again into the lavatory, ultimate the door. Poppy was once looking ahead to Lila within the front room. “If you assert whatever, i'll kill you,” Lila instructed her prior to she had time to open her chrysoprase eco-friendly lips. The faery smiled and crossed her legs in midair, floating simply as she rattled ice cubes in a tall glass, “Juice along with your ice? ” Lila shook her head and tapped her temple. “I have a decision to make,” she stated and went into her personal room. She referred to as Williams. while the lady responded she acknowledged with much less awkwardness than she felt, “I are looking to seek advice from you approximately Dar and the project in Alfheim. ” “Okay,” the medical professional answered frivolously. “Go forward. ” “We went into Alfheim as a part of the diplomatic corps,” Lila all started, while she used to be confident that their safe hyperlink could not be eavesdropped upon. “I was once one in all 3 brokers for the NSA Otopia who went to the embassy in Lyrien. We did the entire traditional paintings there. i used to be by no means sturdy at elvish relatively, so i did not do a lot contact—you understand how sniffy they're should you get a consonant misplaced. good, i used to be within the places of work and that i used to house all of the border keep watch over documentation. we might glance over all of it very rigorously, simply because there has been a suspicion that somebody in Alfheim was once gathering great online game magical artefacts and utilizing couriers to convey them in. “I used to ascertain all of the documents as heavily as i'll after which cross and check out to make sure them by way of following up on the various goods that have been indexed, and a few of those that we idea had are available with no customs declarations.

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