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Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author.Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and hes also the most prolific. His stories are a treasureMoreAurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author.Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and hes also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think.—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids and FlashForwardA great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice.—Charles de LintOne of Canadas most original writers of speculative fiction.—Library JournalDESCRIPTION:Dr. Lucius Rainer, head of research at GenTech, is dead. But to Jack, it seems that his old mentor still lives on through his house. Certainly, Rainer’s strange island retreat exudes the personality of its late owner: isolated and eccentric, brooding and uninviting.But when GenTech learns that the house holds a working model of Rainer’s final project, Jack discovers that the house shares one other trait with its former owner.Dangerous.The house will open only to Jack’s biometrics, and will only allow two very specific people to accompany him: Wendy, Jack’s now ex-wife, and Deak Sanderson, Wendy’s new lover and Jack’s former rival at GenTech.As the three of them explore the house and its secrets, Jack discovers that some doors--in this house and in life--should never be opened.REVIEWS:This story has a cunningly satisfying conclusion. I find a good short story falls into two categories: There is the complete story, the novel miniaturised, which is a nearly perfect art form. These are hard to capture but constantly illustrated by such writers as Douglas Smith.—SF Crowsnest Book ReviewsThe puzzles and the final invention that they hint at are intriguing ... Smith ties [the storys] denouement’s metaphorical significance in well with the technological concept at the center of the plot.—The FixABOUT THE AUTHOR:Doug is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, with over a million words of fiction sold and over a hundred short story sales to professional markets in thirty countries and two dozen languages.He has published three short story collections: Chimerascope (ChiZine Publications, Canada, 2010), Impossibilia, (PS Publishing, UK, 2008), and just recently, La Danse des Esprits (Dreampress, France, 2011).Doug has twice won Canadas Aurora Award for speculative fiction, and have been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, the Canadian Broadcast Corporations Bookies Award, and the juried Sunburst Award.