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  1. Public Bookmark 33

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    "What's the Aphelion?"

    From the pile of discarded files, ART plucked one and trimmed it down for me, just to the salient bits. Even ignoring all of the technical stuff about AI crèches and pair-bonds and artificial empathy development left me with the simple answer "It's complicated." And that complication was about to be tangible, and something I would have to personally deal with.

    "You have a twin."

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    The universe is a big place, but sometimes happenstance brings two people together after years apart.

    And sometimes unfortunate SecUnits get stuck in the middle of family reunions for asshole bot pilots.

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    05 Apr 2022

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    Well,” she says, long and drawn out, and from the glint in her eyes he can tell this is some kind of inner joke, kept from him. “I’ve been a diplomat, and a race car driver, and a chef, and an astronaut, and a veterinarian--”

    “An astronaut,” he repeats dryly. He wants to call her on her lie - but. But. How strange. There’s no indication of a lie: no rise in temperature, no quickening of her pulse, no change to her eyes, nothing.

    She laughs. “You don’t know the half of it."

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    25 Mar 2022

  3. Public Bookmark 2

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    Nyx never had been any good at following rules--even her own.

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    21 Mar 2018

  4. Public Bookmark 12

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    The discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester brings a number of visitors to the city, most of them dead. Tourism may suffer. A handful of vignettes from this critical turning point in English history.

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    09 Mar 2018

  5. Public Bookmark 13

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    It had been a long time since Thomas had slept with anyone - actually slept, rather than the more metaphorical meaning of the phrase.

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    18 Sep 2017

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