City Come A Walkin' by William Gibson, John Shirley

By William Gibson, John Shirley

Author note: William Gibson (Introduction)
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Stu Cole is suffering to maintain his nightclub, membership Anesthesia, afloat within the face of mob harassment whilst he''s visited by means of a manifestation of town of San Francisco, crystallized right into a unmarried enigmatic being. This amoral superhero leads him on a terrifying trip during the rock and roll demimonde as they fight to save lots of the town.

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Roy Jones? He’s—” Mrs. Jones began. “He’s a tall, pale sort of kid—” “My Roy! ” shrieked the hookers between giggles. A black woman in a blond wig with stardust on her eyelids, did a high five with a white girl wearing a black wig and midnight dust on her eyelids—they took turns mimicking Mrs. Jones’s pensive stance, wringing their hands and chanting, “My Royee! ” She leaned close and implored with her eyes. ” “Ahh, she’ll be taken care of, ma’am,” said Cole, not knowing what else to say. He drew Catz aside, “Hey, Catz, psi this for me.

Cole said, “I’ll see you ladies later,” and walked on, kicking through the refuse of an overturned trash can. A cockroach big as a mouse ran over the toe of his boot; he kicked the insect angrily away, and it rebounded from the windshield of a parked Mini-Cad steamcar. He went to a combination phone booth and news kiosk, sat on the metal stool, inserted his ITF card in the slot, and punched 31 the code for magazines. The directory of available magazines appeared on the vid screen over the phone.

He looked around for something to throw, some way to stop it. But it got a full block’s acceleration behind it before it struck City. This time he gave way and the car passed over him and piled into the corner where concrete stairway met the brick building’s face. It wrenched sideways, its tailfin gouging the brick wall; a shower of concrete dust and a hiss of steam. Then, except for a ticking noise from the car’s engine, all was quiet. All was quiet—for five seconds. Till a police siren sounded and drew near.

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