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By Robert Rankin

This is the tale of Billy, whose Grandmother left him the "voodoo purse" in her will, after he had bought her soul to technology. The stories it tells Billy will swap his lifestyles forever—and the lives of different humans as well.

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Giles Grimpin mopped at his forehead with an outsized pink gingham handkerchief. ‘Something doesn’t gel. anything makes me believe uneasy. ’ ‘In essence,’ acknowledged Billy, ‘the Necronet deals everlasting existence. No demise, no ache, purely eternal excitement. Your fantasies dropped at existence. Do no matter what you will want for so long as you will have. Heaven in the world. Who may wish greater than that? ’ ‘Not me,’ acknowledged Giles. ‘But the entire similar, it quantities to euthanasia on a countrywide scale. ’ ‘Britain leads the way,’ stated Billy. ‘Today Britain, the next day to come the area. ’ ‘I fairly don’t be aware of. ’ Billy shook his head. ‘I do want i may anticipate your aid. ’ ‘I’ll need to give it some thought. Weigh up the professionals and cons. ’ ‘Of course,’ stated Billy. ‘But if you happen to did agree, do you're thinking that you may convince the PM? ’ ‘Absolutely. I carry his ear. If I suggested him to head for it, he could. ’ ‘That’s fantastic, then. ’ Billy became up his arms. What extra may well I ask? ’ ‘Good,’ stated Giles. good, i must be off. ’ Billy rose to shake his hand. ‘Oh, only one extra thing,’ he stated. What’s that? ’ ‘I have whatever for you. a present. ’ ‘A present? For me? ’ ‘For you,’ acknowledged Billy. ‘I’m convinced you’ll love it. It’s referred to as a pleaser. ’ there has been not anything too unique concerning the barren region of No go back. It seemed sizzling and dry and forbidding. How a ways can a guy stroll right into a wilderness? That used to be a recognized query. How a ways can a guy stroll right into a wasteland of no go back? That used to be one other. Well,’ I stated to myself. What i want here's a advisor. who's strong with deserts? Lawrence of Arabia? ’ No, I’d had him fed right into a leaf shredder. i may imagine him up back, yet he most likely wouldn’t be too reliable with . a wilderness like this. How approximately Conan the Barbarian, he’d performed loads of barren region paintings. And areas just like the Swamp of everlasting Doom have been correct up his highway. No, stuff Conan, what i actually wanted was once a few transportation. A halftrack, or a Land Rover. Yeah, that was once it, a Land Rover. a type of trans-continental exploration jobbies with the entire extras. I pictured one who I’d noticeable within the may well 1963 variation of nationwide Geographic whereas sitting within the dentist’s ready room. after which I stood again from it and smiled. It used to be a good looks. precisely as I remembered it. this is able to get me throughout any wilderness. I positioned my foot at the working board and opened the driver’s door. and located myself staring in at not anything. Now what did the inner of a Land Rover seem like? I’d by no means been in a single. And— I stepped down and upped the bonnet. I’d by no means noticeable the engine both. And for that topic I didn’t really know the way the interior combustion engine functioned. I don’t know the way that one slipped through me. I most likely hadn’t been being attentive whilst it used to be defined. I sighed as I perused the empty bonnet area. brain you, I did know the way a leaf shredder labored. I questioned even if i'll convert one to run this Land Rover. They have been plug-in, so it is going to desire a few miles of cable. ‘Oh, sod it,’ I stated. ‘I’ll simply need to stroll. ’ And so I did. It was once uninteresting in that barren region. sizzling and dry and boring. And the concept that i used to be truly jogging approximately inside of God’s head did not anything to relieve this dullness.

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