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By James P. Hogan

Who was once he? He did not recognize the place he used to be, and had an odd feeling that the partitions round him have been level props with not anything at the back of. a guy in a doctor's smock entered and acknowledged, "Good morning, Joe. How are you feeling today?" So his identify used to be Joe?Where was once he? He used to be planting a vegetable patch. but if he became over the 1st fork of soil there has been not anything beneath -- simply empty blackness.... What used to be he? He stared at himself within the reflect. He used to be twelve years more youthful and a superb fifteen kilos leaner. He felt his face, ran arms via his hair. This used to be insane....

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