From "the Essential Bordertown : A Traveller's Guide to the Edge of Faerie" (Borderland Anthology #4), edited by Terri Windling and Delia Sherman, Tor Books/Winter Season 89 - 97 This material is copyright c 1997 by Terri Windling, and may not be reprinted without permission.


The first thing you gotta know is this not your regular guidebook, saavy? You want swank hotels and Cuisine de les Fees and ticket prices for Ye Olde Unicorne Trolley, go get yourself a Michelin Guide or Let's Go: Borderland. But if you're one of the staggering number of runaway kids who leave their home each year, running from someplace or to someplace and ending up in this dream-infested town, then read on, boys and girls. We're going to tell you what you need to know to survive on the Big Bad Border. Who are we? We're the kids who have grown up in Bordertown, as well as the ones who have travelled here from lands on both sides of the Wall; we're the ones you see cruising down Ho Street on Saturday night, dressed to kill and armed to the teeth; we're the ones serving you that beer, playing that guitar, sleeping in that cold doorway; we're the ones who took this abandoned part of the city and made it our home. Copies of The Essential Bordertown have been passed hand-to-hand in the World and smuggled into Faerie for a generation now. It's been changed, expanded, revised, plagiarized so many times over the years that we can't guarantee that the copy you've found or bought or stolen is the most up-to-date. But we will guarantee that it's 100% Bordertown-made (where else is there printing this bad?)--and better than that, Soho-made, not just more slick hype from the Borderland Tourist Board. We'll give you the facts, and we'll give them to you straight. Your life might depend on it. When you get here, green from the World or the Realm, you be careful where you step, savvy? There are kids who will cut you for the wrong word or look, the shape of your ears, the color of your hair. You'll also find kids who will give you their last bite to eat and the shirt of their back. This guide will tell you how to avoid the first, where to find the second, and much more besides. If you make it (and you will, provided you're not a witless fool or a total asshole), before long you'll be an old-timer yourself, or at least have the look and smell of one: new name, new attitude, new life from whatever it is that you left behind. Then write your own experience down, update this book and pass it on to some poor greenie who needs it--along with that shirt off your back.

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