By Paul J. McAuley
On a synthetic global created and seeded with 10000 bloodlines through the long-vanished Preservers, younger Yama's ancestry is exclusive, for he seems to be the final closing scion of the developers, closest of all races to the worshipped architects of Confluence. And on an afternoon close to the top of the area, Yama needs to eventually recognize the ability he neither expected nor wishes.
In the airborne dirt and dust of many crumbling bureaucracies, Yama searches for an identification and a history-awed and afraid of his ever-growing capability to rouse the negative machines of destruction that his world's absent gods left napping. To the typical folk-the unshaped and aboriginal-he is the achievement of age-old prophecies. To the functionaries of the dept of Indigenous Affairs, he's a weapon to be molded and utilized in the bloody civil conflict raging on the planet's midpoint-a doubtless unending conflict that pits those that revere the Preservers' legislation opposed to the damaging Heretics who could obliterate all antiquated values and codes of behavior.
But there are nonetheless others who've taken detect of Yama as he pursues the hidden secrets and techniques of his previous. clever powers older than the Builders-as previous, probably, because the Preservers themselves -are pursuing Yama in flip. and they'll cease at not anything to manage his present-and, accordingly, the way forward for every thing that lives-in anticipation of the final word triumph of the Ancients of Days.
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