Dozois Gardner - Magicats II / Дозуа Гарднер - Волшебные кошки II

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 Dozois Gardner - Magicats II / Дозуа Гарднер - Волшебные кошки II

Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann - Magicats II

Название: Magicats II / Волшебные кошки II

Год выпуска: 2013

Под редакцией: Dozois, Gardner & Dann, Jack / Дозуа, Гарднер & Данн, Джек

Издательство: Baen

eISBN: 978-1-62579-114-6

Формат: EPUB

Качество: eBook

Язык: английский

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Описание:

Вторая антология Гарднера Дозуа и Джека Данна, посвященная кошкам в фантастике - в первую все никак не могло войти

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Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats Michael Bishop

Bright Burning Tiger Tanith Lee

I Love Little Pussy / Я люблю маленькую киску Isaac Asimov

The Boy Who Spoke Cat Ward Moore

The Jaguar Hunter / Охотник на ягуаров Lucius Shepard

The Sin of Madame Phloi / Грех мадам Флой Lilian Jackson Braun

The Mountain Cage Pamela Sargent

May’s Lion Ursula K. Le Guin

The Color of Grass, the Color of Blood R.V. Branham

A Word to the Wise John Collier

Duke Pasquale’s Ring Avram Davidson

Образец текста:

Duke Pasquale’s RingAvram DavidsonThe King of the Single Sicily was eating pasta in a sidewalk restaurant; not in Palermo: in Bella. He had not always been known by that title. In Bella, capital of the Triune Monarchy of Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania, he had for long decades been known chiefly as an eccentric but quite harmless fellow who possessed many quarterings of nobility and nothing in the shape of money at all. But when the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Naples and all of southern Italy being the other one) was rather suddenly included into the new and united Kingdom of Italy, ostensibly by plebiscite and certainly by force of Garibaldean arms, something had happened to the inoffensive old man.

He now put down his fork and belched politely. The waiter-cook-proprietor came forward. “Could the King eat more?” he asked.

“Im[belch]possible. There is no place.” He patted the middle-front of his second-best cloak.

“What damage,” said the other. His previous career, prior to deserting a French man-of-war, had been that of coal-heaver. But he was a Frenchman born (that is, he was born in Algeria of Corsican parentage), and this was almost universally held to endow him with an ability to cook anything anywhere in Infidel Parts better than the infidel inhabitants could. And certainly he cooked pasta better and cheaper than it was cooked in any other cook-shop in Bella’s South Ward. “What damage,” he repeated. “There is more in the pot.” And he raised his brigand brows.

“Ah well. Put it in my kerchief, and I shall give it to my cat.”

“Would the King also like a small bone for his dog?”

“Voluntarily.”

He had no cat; he had no dog; he had at home an old, odd wife who had never appeared in public since the demise of her last silk gown. The bone and extra pasta would make a soup, and she would eat.

With the extinction of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies something had gone flash in the old man’s brain-pan: surely Sicily itself now reverted to the status of a kingdom by itself? Surely he was its rightful king? And to anyone who would listen and to anyone who would read, he explained the matter, in full genealogy, with peculiar emphasis on the four marriages of someone called Pasquale III, from one of which marriages he himself descended. Some listened. Some read. Some even replied. But, actually, nothing happened. The new King of Italy did not so much as restore a long-forfeited tomato-patch. The ousted King of Naples did not so much as reply. Neither did Don Amadeo, King of Spain (briefly, very briefly, King of Spain). On the other hand, Don Carlos, King of Spain (pretended or claimed), did. Don Carlos was an exile in Bella at the moment. Don Carlos perhaps heard something. Don Carlos perhaps did not know much about Pasquale III, but Don Carlos knew about being a pretender and an exile. He did not precisely send a written reply; he sent some stockings, some shirts, a pair of trousers, and a cloak. All mended. But all clean. And a small hamper of luncheon.

By the time the King of the Single Sicily had dressed in his best and gone to call on Don Carlos, Don Carlos was gone, and—to Bella, as to Spain—Don Carlos never came back.

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