Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition by Rich Horton (editor)

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I guess we do. Maybe it means that you have to have illusions to fall in love. There is a lot of self-deception involved. " She suddenly became aware how seriously he was watching her, as if the topic had been much on his mind. When their eyes met, she felt a moment of spontaneous chemical reaction; then he looked away. ” he asked. " "But if it meant deception, you would not tell me,” he said with a slight smile. "I am not deceiving you, captain,” she said softly. And, a little to her own surprise, she was telling the truth.

Of course you aren't selfish, darling. I mean, it's as if your past self guessed, given your, um, physical attributes, that you might just as well devote this life to earning lots of money. If you can clear nine million, obviously you're on your way to racking up a small fortune for your successor. " Whatever his predecessor had lavished money on. But of course you couldn't ask that, because of confidentality. Why would you want to go into details? A bank not run by human beings could be trusted.

I. had designed those, and organised their mass-production and use—and the bar-code scanners delivered the goods, or rather a long number which was probably encrypted. You might visualize a striped soul, with thick and thin bars on it—invisibly—but that probably didn't correspond to reality if the soul was distributed, say, in an electromagnetic somatic aura, or subtle body. Subtle, as opposed to physical. Etheric. Or maybe the soul lurked in the rolled-up micro-dimensions demanded by string theory; and that's where the alternative realities hung out.

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