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By Ben Bova

While a nuclear missile introduced through a rogue North Korean faction explodes in area the ensuing shockwave destroys the world’s satellites, throwing international conversation into chaos. the U.S. army satellites, designed to resist such an attack, convey that extra missiles are sitting at the release pad in North Korea, able to be deployed. confronted with the specter of a thermonuclear assault, the USA has just one attainable protection: capable One.

ABL-1, or capable One, is a converted 747 geared up with a high-powered laser in a position to knock out missiles in flight. yet either the laser’s know-how and the jet’s team are untested. What was once initially to be a coaching flight with a skeleton workforce becomes a determined race to spoil the 2 final nukes. Will capable One’s experimental expertise be adequate to avoid international struggle III—especially whilst it turns into transparent saboteur is onboard?

Able One is a well timed thrill-ride by means of certainly one of technology fiction’s Most worthy novelists

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DELEGATION The President of Thalassa had been in office for only two months and was still unreconciled to his misfortune. But there was nothing he could do about it except to make the best of a bad job for the three years it would last. Certainly it was no use demanding a recount; the selection program, which involved the generation and interleaving of thousand-digit random numbers, was the nearest thing to pure chance that human ingenuity could devise. There were exactly five ways to avoid the danger of being dragged into the Presidential Palace (twenty rooms, one large enough to hold almost a hundred guests).

He might have been even more chastened—or perhaps merely amused—to know that Mayor Waldron was no longer quite so enamored of him. Assistant Chief Engineer Loren Lorenson had impressed more than one of Tarna’s citizens that morning. 15. TERRA NOVA Such a reminder of Earth was an unfortunate name for the settlement, and no one admitted responsibility. But it was slightly more glamorous than “base camp,” and was quickly accepted. The complex of prefabricated huts had shot up with astonishing speed—literally overnight.

I wonder… I wonder… 17. CHAIN OF COMMAND From: Captain To: All Crew Members CHRONOLOGY As there has already been a great deal of unnecessary confusion in this matter, I wish to make the following points: 1. All Ship’s records and schedules will remain on Earth Time—corrected for relativistic effects—until the end of the voyage. All clocks and timing systems aboard ship will continue to run on ET. 2. For convenience, ground crews will use Thalassan time (TT) when necessary, but will keep all records in ET with TT in parenthesis.

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