Angelmass by Timothy Zahn

By Timothy Zahn

Angelmass, a black gap deep in house, emits "angels," small debris that render people calm, average, and nearly incapable of mendacity. The Empyrean, human colonies within the a long way reaches of the galaxy, has stumbled on the angels and the facility they wield. All contributors of Empyrean executive needs to hold an angel.The Earth-based Empire, the Pax, view the angels as an alien plot to subvert humanity. They dispatch Jereko Kosta, an blameless educational, to secret agent at the Empyrean and discover the reality approximately angels. With Chandris, a grifter who canine his steps, he enlists on an "angel-hunting" send. pack up, Kostas learns the angels can be extra risky than the Pax worry. earlier than he can react, the Pax dispatches their strongest warship to confront the Empyrean. Now, Kosta and Chandris, one of the few who understand the reality concerning the angels, stand among the Empyrean, the Pax, and battle.

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A small smile twitched at the corners of her mouth. "As a matter of fact, yes, that's one of the reasons we try to bring newcomers into contact with an angel as soon as possible. We don't want to be too obvious about it, of course—people don't like to admit to fears they intellectually believe are unreasonable. That's why we like to include it in the general orientation. " "A little. " "But there are a few who do sense something right away," Podolak went on, her forehead wrinkling slightly. "Did you feel anything?

His father, Forsythe remembered vividly, had utilized that sharp sense of humor of his to break the tension that so often threatened to overwhelm himself and his inner circle. Perhaps Forsythe's subconscious had compensated for his own lack of that particular gift by hiring Ronyon. For a moment he gazed at the image of his father still frozen on the display, a fresh swell of an old determination flowing through him. Once, a Forsythe had resigned from the High Senate rather than accept the mind-numbing influence of an angel.

No problem," Kosta assured her. " So; here we are, he thought as they set off, feeling a not entirely uncomfortable heat rising to his face. Not that he'd never been this cozy with a woman before, but there was something embarrassing about holding onto a stranger like this right out in public view. Even when he was just being helpful. Not that anyone else watching would know that. Her ankle must not have been all that bad; even when he concentrated on it he could hardly detect her slight limp.

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