——”Hey, Mouse! Play us something,’ one of the mechanics called from the bar.’
——”Didn’t get signed on no ship yet?’ chided the other. ‘Your spinal socket’ll rust up. Come on, give us a number.”
——The Mouse stopped running his finger around the rim of his glass. Wanting to say ”no” he began a yes.” Then he frowned.
——The mechanics frowned too:
——He was an old man.
——He was a strong man.
– Samuel R Delany, Nova