One of the spookier S-F short stories I've ever read, about a guy who's not paying attention while going down the escalators in a large department store and eventually finds himself in an infinitely descending series of sub-sub-sub-sub-basements with noplace else to go but further down.
Written by Thomas M. Disch, copyright 1964.
Reprinted in the 10th annual edition of The Year's Best S-F, edited by Judith Merril.

De*scend"ing, a.

Of or pertaining to descent; moving downwards.

Descending constellationssigns Astron., those through which the planets descent toward the south. -- Descending node Astron., that point in a planet's orbit where it intersects the ecliptic in passing southward. -- Descending series Math., a series in which each term is numerically smaller than the preceding one; also, a series arranged according to descending powers of a quantity.

 

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