Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone

The Love Machine

Book - 2013
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Walter Mosley's talent knows no bounds. Stepping Stone and Love Machine are but two of six fragments in the Crosstown to Oblivion short novels in which Mosley entertainingly explores life's cosmic questions. From life's meaning to the nature of good and evil, these tales take us on speculative journeys beyond the reality we have come to know. In each tale someone in our world today is given insight into these long pondered mysteries. But how would the world really receive the answers?

Stepping Stone :

Truman Pope has spent his whole life watching the world go by--and waiting for something he can't quite put into words. A gentle, unassuming soul, he has worked in the mailroom of a large corporation for decades without making waves, until the day he spots a mysterious woman in yellow. A woman nobody else can see.

Soon Truman's quiet life begins to turn upside-down. An old lover surfaces from his past even as he finds his job in jeopardy. Strange visions haunt his days and nights, until he begins to doubt his sanity. Is he losing his mind, or is he on the brink of a startling revelation that will change his life forever--and transform the nature of humanity?

Love Machine :

The Datascriber was supposed to merely allow individuals to share sensory experiences via a neurological link, but its true potential is even more revolutionary. The brainchild of an eccentric, possibly deranged scientist, the "Love Machine" can merge individual psyches and memories into a collective Co-Mind that transcends race, gender, species . . . and even death itself.

Tricked into joining the Co-Mind, as part of a master plan to take over the world, Lois Kim struggles to adapt to her new reality and abilities. Is there any way back to the life that was stolen from her, or is she destined to lead humanity into a strange new era, despite the opposition of forces both human and otherwise?

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765330109
Characteristics: 139, 145 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Love machine.


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rosiebear2 Jul 12, 2015

I love Walter Mosley's books, but not his fantasy books. Stepping Stone didn't make any sense to me.

Jan 14, 2014

Two thought provoking original stories from Mosley, one a sci-fic on a whole new world brought on by a neural science breakthrough; the other about musings of the mysterious present, past and future of a boring middle aged man who was found abandoned as a newborn.


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Jan 14, 2014

But what about the sorrow and the sadness, the rage and hatred? --- without distress there can be no relief. Without bleeding no one could heal. --- but there's so much unhappiness. -- at this moment a quarter of a billion children are laughing. --- but so many of them are also dying. --- they are all dying ...

Jan 14, 2014

Life is nothing but a series of events unfolding one after another. A man dies, a leave sprouts from the mud, a lion licks her cub and grumbles -- it's all the same as a stone set in the earth waiting for the world to explode.


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