Which Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book Do You Want Read At Your Funeral?

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Sometimes, a work of fiction can be so powerful, it can speak for you and help you to sum up your own life. Some works are so profound, they become emblematic. And even help speak for you, to the people you've left behind. So which work of fiction would you like someone to read from at your funeral (or wake)?

Please include a book cover or other image, and please mention the title of the book, and maybe the exact passage you'd want them to read from.

Top image: Doris Lessing, Shikasta: "We are all creatures of the stars and their forces, they make us, we make them, we are part of a dance from which we by no means and not ever may consider ourselves separate."

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Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man - in particular Death's plea to Azrael.

"ALL THINGS THAT ARE, ARE OURS. BUT WE MUST CARE. FOR IF WE DO NOT CARE, WE DO NOT EXIST. IF WE DO NOT EXIST, THEN THERE IS NOTHING BUT BLIND OBLIVION. AND EVEN OBLIVION MUST END SOMEDAY. LORD, WILL YOU GRANT ME JUST A LITTLE TIME? FOR THE PROPER BALANCE OF THINGS. TO RETURN WHAT WAS GIVEN. FOR THE SAKE OF PRISONERS AND THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS.

Death took a step backwards.

It was impossible to read expression in Azrael's features.

Death glanced sideways at the servants.

LORD, WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR, IF NOT FOR THE CARE OF THE REAPER MAN?"