The Real World

"It's like we spend our whole lives walking on this little rind that covers the world, this little crust that's got flowers on it, and dirt and houses and families and—and then one day, you break through, you just fall right through, and you see there's something else there. The real world, the world that was there a million years ago, the world you see when you're a kid alone in the dark; the world that fills your worst dreams until you can't even wake up screaming from it, you can't wake up at all..."

-Elizabeth Hand, WAKING THE MOON