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Scanners Live in Vain | [Cordwainer Smith]

Scanners Live in Vain

Man has conquered space, but not without costs. To maintain the space lanes, Scanners have to undergo an operation in which their brain is severed from their sensory inputs to block the Pain of Space. A man named Adam Stone claims that he has a found a way to travel in the deep of space without the use of the Scanners - and the community of Scanners has decided that he must die. But one Scanner realizes the madness of that solution.
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Man has conquered space, but not without costs. To maintain the space lanes, Scanners have to undergo an operation in which their brain is severed from their sensory inputs to block the Pain of Space.

Martel has made this sacrifice. He must monitor his vital functions via implanted dials and instruments in his chest. His only respite from this isolated existence is his ability to occasionally "cranch" and return to some sort of normalcy with his wife, Luci.

But now a man named Adam Stone has claimed that he has a found a way to travel in the deep of space without the use of the Scanners. Through the twisted logic of the community of Scanners, it is decided that Adam Stone must die. Martel, while cranched, realizes the madness of that solution and that all Scanners live in vain.

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    Scanners Live in Vain was published after being rejected as too dark or extreme by several publishers. Times have changed and the nature of the fiction marketplace is such that the notion of this piece being too dark is quaint.

    The author was a student of Asian methods of storytelling and makes occasional use of alliteration to deliver an enjoyable and engrossing experience that is complemented by the given narration.

    If you enjoy science fiction then pay your money and take your ride…

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