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Ad Eternum
     

Ad Eternum

by Elizabeth Bear
 

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For centuries, the wampyr has drifted from one place to another. From one life to another. It's 1962, and he's returned to New Amsterdam for the first time since he fled it on pain of death some sixty years before. On the eve of social revolution, on the cusp of a new way of life, he's nevertheless surrounded by inescapable reminders of who he used to be.

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For centuries, the wampyr has drifted from one place to another. From one life to another. It's 1962, and he's returned to New Amsterdam for the first time since he fled it on pain of death some sixty years before. On the eve of social revolution, on the cusp of a new way of life, he's nevertheless surrounded by inescapable reminders of who he used to be.

For a thousand years, he's chosen to change rather than to die. Now, at last, he faces a different future....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bear’s final vignette (after The White City) in her New Amsterdam alternate history series brings world-weary wampyr Sebastien de Ulloa back to New Amsterdam for the first time in 60 years. It’s 1962 and de Ulloa, operating under the alias Jack Prior, endures more notoriety than he wants: he’s heckled by antivampire demonstrators (a neat alternate historical take on America’s civil rights struggles), hounded by a pathetic vampire wannabe, and urged by a faculty of thaumaturges to teach at their newly formed college of magic. There’s not much drama to the tale, but there are enough incidents and reunions with old acquaintances to prompt Bear’s likable wampyr to insightful reflection on the shortcomings of immortality, and to espouse wisdom that comes from more than one lifetime of having to deal with mortals and their all-too-human natures. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596064447
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Edition description:
Deluxe
Pages:
90
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Liz Gorinsky, and David G. Hartwell are fiction editors of Tor.com.

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