- All page numbers from the mass market edition published by Bantam Books
- Necessary is often the mother of light fingers instead of invention.
- Chapter 10 “Fruit of the Looms” (p. 76)
- Paleoanthropologists were congenitally media-oriented.
- Chapter 17 “Pensacola, Florida” (p. 147)
- Extinction confers on the has-been the same mythological status that imagination confers on the never-was.
- Chapter 18 “In a Season of Drought” (p. 158)
- You can’t go home again, particularly if you never had one.
- Chapter 23 “Panama City, Florida” (p. 206)
- They had both changed in eight years, eroded or subtly augmented by the sweep of time’s river.
- Chapter 30 “Marakoi, Zarakal” (p. 303)
- Here he was, not quite twenty-five years old, and he was going to have to make a new life for himself. A host of options lay before him, but, tipsy with Chablis and sunshine, at the moment all he could truly feel was a powerful sense of loss and uncertainty. All the routes to his previous self—the self that had tried to survive as a loner in Fort Walton Beach—were blocked, and he did not know which new path to choose.
“Ciao,” he said again, and this time he was not talking to his mother.
- Chapter 30 “Marakoi, Zarakal” (p. 315; closing words)
- Time, as it always does, passed.