I thought about being dead.
I could remember every silly detail of that silly last performance. I was dead at the end of it. But how could I think about being dead if I had died?
I thought about that, too, after I stopped having hysterics. There was plenty of time to think.
Call me Allen Carpentier. It's the name I wrote under, and someone will remember it. I was one of the best- known science- fiction writers in the world, and I had a lot of fans. My stories weren't the kind that win awards, but they entertained and I had written a lot of them. The fans