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Too Like the Lightning

Ada Palmer

Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer-a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away. The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life. And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life.

Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer-a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away. The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life. And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life.
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Description:

Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer-a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away. The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life. And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jefferson Mays

Length:

20h 19m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

54:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

35:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

47:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

48:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

37:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

40:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

33:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

53:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

39:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

44:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

38:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

37:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

37:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

32:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:09:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

55:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

38:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

41:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:04:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

30:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

30:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:27