Sunday, 15 August 2010

Return of the Billy Quote

Outfall of the Cloaca Maxima, by Lalupa at Wikimedia Commons - public domain
Every couple of years, I get an irresistible urge to re-read everything Lois McMaster Bujold ever wrote. In Shards of Honor (1986), her hero Aral Vorkosigan offers this characteristically pungent assessment of his homeworld's pressing problem:

"But it's past time someone took on those damned bureaucrats and their pet spies. They imagine they're the wave of the future, but it's only sewage flowing downhill."

From his mouth, to our ears...