The Veils of Azlaroc

by Fred Saberhagen
Release date: 1978
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Azlaroc... a planet to fire the imagination, where shimmering veils of pure energy fall at yearly intervals, sealing in everything – and everyone – on its surface at that moment into a time "pocket".

IMAGINE... yourself as a settler, living in a translucent "pocket" that makes your life an almost ageless state, as time in each pocket passes so slowly that senility and death are meaningless concepts. Your immortality has a price; you have free interaction only with those of your "generation"; you see settlers from ten years before as blurred outlines. And a settler from fifty years before can walk right through you!

IMAGINE... yourself as a tourist, struck by the wonder of the shimmering planet, yet careful to heed the date of the next predicted veilfall, knowing that to be on Azlaroc at veilfall is to be there forever.

IMAGINE... yourself as the one man on Azlaroc who knows for a certainty that, this time, veilfall will come early, and without warning.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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