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The van der Rohe Forgery

The van der Rohe Forgery

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The van der Rohe Forgery

Length:
22 pages
16 minutes
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Released:
Jan 3, 2012
ISBN:
9781466058637
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Asteroid colony dwellers Johan and his wife, Andrea, scored the ultimate bargain: Barcelona chairs, designed by historically famous architect Mies van der Rohe and built over a century ago and hundreds of millions of miles away on Earth. Their friends would envy them....

....until an appraiser told them the Barcelona chairs were fakes. Assembled by nanotechnology and falsely certified as antiques. Worthless.

Never mind the money they’d spent. Far worse, the shame they’d feel when their friends found out.

Against a backdrop of an interplanetary crisis, could Johan find a way to turn the tables—and chairs?

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 3, 2012
ISBN:
9781466058637
Format:
Book

About the author

Raymund Eich files patent applications, earned a Ph.D., won a national quiz bowl championship, writes science fiction and fantasy, and affirms Robert Heinlein's dictum that specialization is for insects.In a typical day, he may talk with university biology and science communication faculty, silicon chip designers, patent attorneys, epileptologists, and rocket scientists. Hundreds of papers cite his graduate research on the reactions of nitric oxide with heme proteins.He lives in Houston with his wife, son, and daughter.

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The van der Rohe Forgery

by Raymund Eich

© 2012 Raymund Eich

Published by CV-2 Books

Cover art: Digitalmedianjb/Bigstockphoto.com.

Johan stood in the living room, the concrete cool on his bare feet, while the appraiser and her athena worked. The next distiller run could wait. He wanted to be here the moment they finished.

The appraiser sat crosslegged, with ragged blonde hair over bulging vacant eyes, while her athena crawled on its hands and knees around the pieces. The athena, a conscious robot, looked like a cherub mannequin. The heat-shimmer from its cooling wings heralded good news.

The two barcelona chairs faced each other, with the barcelona couch perpendicular to both. All three stood on the Persian rug, under Jazz Age advertising posters and suspended halogen torchiéres. The athena extended its robot tongue and licked one of the couch’s legs. The curved steel legs gleamed. The black leather cushions had aged well; the dye only slightly faded, a few tiny scratches in the hide. The pieces looked almost fresh from the assemblery. But they weren’t. They had traveled the solar system, with a document trail stretching back to a 1950s American importer. More

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