Beautyworld [NOOK Book]

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Lord Willow and Lord Swan lay naked, as do all immortal Tellurians at night, in adjacent beds in the broad Cherryfields hypnarium. Trysting with them on this night were Ladies Aspen and Orchis, also naked, the former with Lord Willow, the latter with Lord Swan. The hour was late, many old stories had been retold, old songs sung, and new thoughts shared. Lord Swan lay on his right side with his knees bent up, while Lady Orchis reclined in his fond embrace, her dark, shapely legs ...

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Lord Willow and Lord Swan lay naked, as do all immortal Tellurians at night, in adjacent beds in the broad Cherryfields hypnarium. Trysting with them on this night were Ladies Aspen and Orchis, also naked, the former with Lord Willow, the latter with Lord Swan. The hour was late, many old stories had been retold, old songs sung, and new thoughts shared. Lord Swan lay on his right side with his knees bent up, while Lady Orchis reclined in his fond embrace, her dark, shapely legs draped neatly over his thick, muscular thighs.
Brilliant stars punctuated the black, Moonless sky above the crystal dome of Cherryfields. Two faint, irregular bands of light arched across the sky and intersected at a wide angle, forming an oblique cross high above the southeastern horizon. One of these bands, the Milky Way, was cloudy and diffuse, lit dimly by the glow of billions of galactic stars too distant for the naked eye to distinguish. The other, the plane of the ecliptic, had a grainier appearance, illuminated by Sun's light reflected from the myriads of space colonies that composed the Inner and Outer Orbits of the Sidereal Commonwealth.
Lady Orchis spoke softly. “Dost thou recall the time,” she said, “when the Great Cross had but one arm?”
“Much has happened in fourteen thousand years, my lady,” Lord Swan replied, “yet I do well recall that time.”
“And now it seems the new arm shall grow no more,” Lady Orchis observed.
“So it does, my treasure,” Lord Swan agreed. “It appears that our mortal cousins have mined away the very last rock in Sun's domain to build that great arm.”
“Save our sacred Earth and guardian Moon,” Lady Orchis sighed. “Dost thou think they will turn an avaricious eye on these remaining rocks?”
Lord Swan frowned darkly at the sky. “I have little doubt of it, my love,” he said, “and when they do, the matter shall be tried. Can one hundred and forty-four thousand immortal Tellurians prevail against forty-one trillion mortal Sidereals?”
Lady Orchis raised herself up on one elbow and her eyes flashed in the starlight. “Oh, they can indeed, my lord,” she said, “with love and wisdom on our side.”

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045575461
  • Publisher: David Bennett Laing
  • Publication date: 1/10/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 161 KB

Meet the Author

David Bennett Laing (born 1940 in Hanover, New Hampshire) is the only child of the novelists and poets Dilys Bennett Laing and Alexander Laing. A native of Wales, Dilys was a prolific poet who published frequently in the New Yorker and other prominent magazines. She was an early feminist. Alex was mainly a writer of historical fiction and books on sailing ships. He taught English at Dartmouth College. In his youth, David was strongly influenced by his Nature-loving mother and his druidic maternal grandmother. Although passionately interested in biology, he chose instead to major in geology at Dartmouth College because of his unwillingness to dissect animals, but his extensive readings in biology convinced him that Earth itself is, in many respects, a living being, a theme that has recently gained a respectable following in the young, cross-disciplinary fields of biogeology and geobiology.After obtaining his master's degree from Harvard, David entered a variety of professions, from park ranger naturalist through forest ranger, preparatory school teacher, college professor, consulting geologist, and environmental educator to technical copy editor. In addition to various journal and magazine articles, he has published five books: Aspen High Country: The Geology (Thunder River Press, 1980), a college Earth science textbook The Earth System (Wm C Brown Publishers 1991), and three ebooks, all on Kindle Direct Publishing and NOOKpress: a self-help book How To Be You!, a futuristic, environmental adventure novel Beautyworld (revised), and a transgender romance novel Eustacia's Secret. In 1977, he published Magic Mountain, a record album of original environmental songs (Folkways Records) and in 1980 a second album, Equilibrium, The National Audubon Society's Album of Songs of Nature and Humanity, with his daughter Robin, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie (posthumously), and Tom Wisner (Folkways Records).David is retired and living an active life with his wife Margaret on the Maine coast, where he indulges in Nature study, sailing, and skiing. A few years ago, David discovered that he has lived his somewhat unorthodox life under the influence of Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism which has no deleterious effects on intelligence or cognition, but that confers on those so blessed a view of the world that is virtually uninfluenced by social conventions and preconceptions. 'Aspies' have very poorly developed social skills, as a result of which they tend to view the world as it really is rather than as the weight of present and past authority decrees it to be. Readers of his works might benefit from understanding this particular foible of the author.
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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    A fresh look at potential futures-Well done and an easy read!

    Beautyworld was a very pleasant surprise. Expecting a possible war of the worlds book was not what this turned out to be. David Laing has taken a favorite topic and accomplished a fresh new look at potentials for our worn out world. The story describes in plausable details a world we can truley imagine ourselves a part. It continues onward in the plot to bring on intrigue, mystery and adventure. Some authors supply an endless description of the surroundings...David Laing has presented this story with just enough detail that we can fill in as much or as little as we wish while following the plot. I finished the book in three enthralled short sittings. Looking forward to Book Two! - J. Walter

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