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By Harry Martinson

The nice Swedish author Harry Martinson released his masterpiece, Aniara, in the course of the top of the chilly warfare -- correct after the Soviet Union introduced that it had exploded the hydrogen bomb. Aniara is the tale of a sumptuous area send, loaded with 8,000 evacuees, fleeing an Earth made uninhabitable by means of Man's technological conceitedness. A malfunction knocks the craft astray, taking those would-be Mars colonists on an irreversible trip into deep house. Aniara is a publication of prophecy, a breathtaking view of humanity's attainable destiny. it's been translated into seven languages and tailored right into a well known avant-garde opera.

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Lirra noted that Ksana refrained from mentioning her concerns about the state of Osten’s mind, most likely because she didn’t wish to say anything to Vaddon until Osten woke and she’d had a chance to examine him more thoroughly. Ksana and Vaddon had been friends for many years, and while the cleric didn’t keep information from the general, she often delivered it at a time of her own choosing—especially if she thought it was information that would only worry Vaddon unnecessarily. The general glanced over his shoulder at them.

Lirra started to reply, but she bit back her words. She knew Ksana wasn’t mocking her father. Ksana had served with Vaddon on numerous campaigns, and she’d been around so often while Lirra had been growing up that she was like a member of the family. When Lirra’s mother Mafalda had been killed during the Battle of Jaythen’s Pass when Lirra was just a child, it had been Ksana who’d helped Lirra through her grief. And the cleric had done the same a few years later when her brother Hallam fell at the Siege of Thiago.

Despite the illumination of the everbright sconces set along the cold, gray walls, the younger man’s features were indistinct. Still, Lirra didn’t need to be able to see his face clearly to know that he—like Vaddon—watched the fight intently, ready to step in at the first sign that something was about to go wrong. Osten’s eyes narrowed in concentration and sweat beaded on his forehead. He was a boyish-looking man with a shock of midnight-black hair cut by a white streak on the left side. While Osten was barely into adulthood, his broad shoulders and strong limbs hinted at the man he would one day become.

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