The Unreasoning Mask

By Philip José Farmer

Sooner or later the destiny of the universe rests upon one man's shoulder -- Ramstan. a considerate and ethical guy, turns into a interested but reluctant pawn within the palms of the unusual forces which upward thrust to struggle the lethal destroyer. eventually he's the only guy who, in a frightened race opposed to time, can cease the destruction. yet what rate needs to he pay for changing into the saviour of intelligent-kind?

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Without doubt, it can’t be as thick because it turns out. no less than, in different places, the solar needs to be in a position to penetrate right here and there. ” What might dwell down there in addition to light issues of low or no intelligence, blind, relocating slowly within the darkness? but when “the tree which doesn't stand alone,” intended something, it needs to practice to the prodigious plant less than him. It stood greater than the others through 1000 meters. Its circumference, the circle shaped via the ideas of the branches at a degree with the tops of the encircling bushes, was once 10,000 meters. outdoors the sting of the circle, via small breaks right here and there within the foliage of the smaller elements of bushes, the connecting branches might be visible. “The mothertree? ” Ramstan muttered to himself. the daylight glanced from the various tossing leaves, which looked as if it would comprise mica. there has been not anything seen to signify something sinister. but, he felt that there has been possibility lower than these leaves. now not the predicted peril of feral animals or toxic reptiles. whatever or a few issues which he couldn't in all probability count on, entities which were past the ken, and nonetheless should be, of humankind. The unknown had constantly held worry. The human brain was once built to undertaking worry into the nonexplored even if there have been purposes to be afraid. however, the unknown additionally enticed. people couldn't withstand its attract and needed to plunge into no matter what hazards could exist there. additionally, there has been a fascination approximately worry itself that had its attract. people, a few people, besides, cherished to be afraid—to a undeniable measure. probably the elemental force the following used to be the need to check their braveness. No, that was once no longer the single simple. interest, monkey interest, additionally pulled them into the unknown. this example, in spite of the fact that, differed from any which Ramstan have been in. He had regularly felt convinced that he may perhaps deal with any trouble. yet this one … there has been whatever approximately it … anything so enormous and robust that it made him think very small and vulnerable … no … he mustn't ever imagine like that. Even smallness and weak point had their powers, their benefits. “Besides,” he stated aloud, “I am Ramstan! ” Nuoli, who used to be status close to him, jumped. She acknowledged, “What? ” Suzuki used to be additionally taking a look unusually at him. “Nothing,” Ramstan stated. “Nothing. ” So … he used to be Ramstan? So what? He was once precise, yet so was once each sentient being. So, for that topic, was once each of the hundreds of thousands of probably alike timber in this land. the variation was once that he was once sentient, self-conscious, and he had a self or a chain of selves referred to as Ramstan, and that Ramstan had a body-mind and a improvement via a different surroundings that nobody else had. nobody, no longer even God. God could comprehend each sentient, may even perform the total cognizance and unconsciousness of each exact sentient. yet no longer even He might be that individual. there have been limits even to God’s powers. Which, for the reason that God was once by way of definition omnipotent, intended that God used to be no longer God. Which intended that the definition could be restated. He had no time to think about the consequences of that.

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