Nature has a way of humbling humanity, son. But the lesson sinks home only when tragedy gets personal, and even then the humility runs its course--the glittering paradigms of modern society sweep away every dark, difficult moment. We answer Nature with claims of compensation, relocation funding, declarations of disaster zones and emergency relief. We pick through the rubble looking for dead children and functionable television sets. Disaster is a place where we are temporarily left behind--watch us scramble to catch up, watch how eager everyone is to help us catch up, so as to not be reminded of the futility of progress.
- STEVEN ERIKSON, The Devil Delivered and Other Tales (Canada, USA, Europe)