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Candle in a Bottle
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Candle in a Bottle

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Author: Carolyn Ives Gilman
Publisher: Aqueduct Press, 2006
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1996
Series: Conversation Pieces: Book 13
Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
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The savants of Institut Sorel, the world center of information mechanics, compute the governing algorithms that give all things their shape and structure. The voyants receive and sort enormous amounts of information. And now the savants say that the whole world, on the brink of a phase transition, is about to change, such that the long-term equilibrium that has locked the world into an "order crisis" will give way to a period of chaos.

Dominique, a new, ignorant acolyte voyant, is asked to watch for the random factor that will trigger the phase transition. But the Institut itself is in chaos. Drawn into political intrigue and the savants' and voyants' struggle over his world's very future, Dominique cares for individuals, rather than abstractions and principles. But even so, he's not sure what it is he should be doing...


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