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"The idea I want to push next is that the United States should make Siberia a Protectorate. Pay the Russians off a hundred, two hundred billion dollars and simply run Siberia in an ecologically responsible way."
- Gregory Benford

Molemen  
   

We all underwent identical traumas which destroyed or discharged the lethal secretions that are the crux of old age and death. We were trapped in some natural or manmade catastrophe that gave us no chance of survival; we were made aware of it; a psychogalvanic shock ripped through us as we toppled into extinction; then some miracle aborted the death and so here the Group is forever. The odds against this sort of freak are fantastic, but the Greek Syndicate says that even the longest odds are bound to come in sooner or later. The Greek ought to know. He's been a professional gambler ever since Aristotle kicked him out of the Peripatetic School in Athens
From The Computer Connection, by Alfred Bester.
Published by Berkeley Publishing in 1974
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