TUNE Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate - Century Rain
Century Rain is se in the world of Alastair Reynolds’ ‘Century Rain’, and sung from the perspective of Wendell Floyd, an unsuccessful musician living in Paris in an alternative 1950s, in which the Nazi invasion of France failed, but fascism continued to rise unchecked.
He is hired by a landlord to investigate the death of Susan White, a tenant with an unusual record collection. During his investigation Floyd meets Verity Auger, an archaeologist from another Earth three hundred years in the future.
In her world, life on Earth has been destroyed by weaponised nanotechnology – the nanocaust. As well as telling a story about saving mysterious copies of the world, the underlying theme is our ability to dehumanise each other despite second chances to avoid the mistakes of history.
I walked away.
Left him in the gutter with his pamphlet crumpled.
The old me might have tried.
But I was tired...
Your sister didn’t come home.
Another loss in a world of plenty.
The strange collector, with her modified receiver.
One more, one more.
Hidden in the grooves, hidden in the bootlegs
Flooded with fakes, complex encryption
Hard echo countdown delivery systems
Storm of numbers flooding my head.
Fatal permutations, sabotage and triple agents
Sirens call the century rain.
You showed me distorted stars.
Paris under ice.
The frozen Seine, the silent vein,
I’m dead in your world.
Pont Neuf and Notre Damme.
Dinner on the Eiffel tower, in your strange world.
But something went wrong with the clouds tonight.
When we forget that we were almost the same.
Then each time it happens, it happens again.
We’ll be frozen, frozen beneath the century rain.
We were washed away, in the century rain.
It comes around again, again, over and over,
We never learn.
Again, again, again.
from Nostalgia For Infinity, releases May 6, 2020
Written and performed by Malcolm Galloway/Mark Gatland/Kathryn Thomas