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Nirvana Gates by J.M. McDermott
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Aug 12, 2012

it was amazing
Read in August, 2012

The Fathomless Abyss runs deep. No one knows how deep. All sorts of beings live at various levels up and down. The crown opens every now and again on a new world. Always a new world. Some escape to start new lives there, some from the world fall in to become inhabitants of the Abyss.

The little story here is a family of Tabagie that live in Smogland, the top level below the crown. Eternal smog, the inhabitants wear masks and a back pack of spores and plants that filter the smog laden air. A weak measure at best.

The family are known as ashegglers because they keep chickens in their sealed tent and sell the eggs. Father never leaves the tent, staying to guard it and their chickens. Mother and daughter go out to sell the eggs to buy what else they need to survive. A bleak existence.

The daughter is not happy.

This story is her telling her friend why she chose the Nirvana Gates because of what the little stone Buddha told her and the happiness it gave her, how she got to that position. He knows better, but she seems happy for the first time in her life.

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