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Book 1 - Captain Trips

"Suppose someone walked up to you and said: You will spend eternity with your phiz in a bowl of soup. It's like the old pie-in-the-face routine: it stops being funny when it starts being you." (Chapter 4)

"There was a word that he had learned at the movies as a kid. That word was INCOMMUNICADO. It was a word that had fantastic, Lovecraftian overtones to Nick, a fearful word that echoed and clanged in the brain, a word that inscribed all the nuances of fear that live only outside the sane universe and inside the human soul. He had been incommunicado all his life.” (Chapter 18)

"Something was coming. He could feel it, almost taste it on the night air. He could taste it, a sooty hot taste that came from everywhere, as if God was planning a cook-out and all of civilization was going to be the barbeque." (Chapter 23)

"Dear Jesus. I will see you soon. Your friend, America. PS. I hope you will still have some vacancies by the end of the week." (Chapter 26)

"Even the company of the mad was better than the company of the dead." (Chapter 32)

"It's not really the end. At least, I don't think so. Just... intermission." - Stu Redman (Chapter 37)

"It's been suggested by colleagues even more fanciful than I that Western Man needs an occasional high colonic, a purging, and this occurs at the end of centuries so that he can face the new century clean and full of optimism. And in this case, we've been given a super-enema, and when you think about it, that makes perfect sense. We are not, after. all, simply approaching the centenary this time. We are approaching a whole new millennium." - Glen Bateman (Chapter 37)

"We may finish the job of destroying our species ourselves. I actually think that's very possible. Not right away, because we're all too scattered. But man is a gregarious, social animal, and eventually we'll get back together, if only so we can tell each other stories about how we survived the great plague of 1990." - Glen Bateman (Chapter 37)

"Show me a man or woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home." - Glen Bateman (Chapter 42)

"No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just... come out the other side. Or you don't." (Chapter 44)