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Inhaltsangabe: Pump one tenth body weight in each fist for as long as the arms can stand it, pushing on wings the size of a pterodactyl's. Do that under a pressurized dome at one atmosphere sea level, but subject to one sixth gravity on the Moon. Now contend with a swarm of chiseled, fearless, superbly trained flyers, buffeting the air space around you like peregrine falcons. This was the sport of piloting. After helium-3, it was one of the first things that entered anyone's mind when Borealis was mentioned. It was helium-3 that powered humanity?s far-flung civilization, feeding fusion reactors from the Alliances on Earth, to the Terran Ring, Mars, the Jovian colonies, and all the way out to even distant Titan. The supply, scooped up from the surface of the Moon, had once seemed limitless. That was a long time ago, though. Borealis, the glittering, fabulously rich city astride the lunar North Pole, had amassed centuries of unimaginable wealth harvesting it. She was the first to realize that those innocent days of ostensibly boundless supplies were now over. The helium-3 was running out, and the energy crisis was real. Even memories of the horrific and seemingly endless planet-wide devastation spawned by the four Petroleum Wars wasn't enough to counter this new unquenchable demand, triggering a ruthless contest. Those powers determined to dominate the remaining supplies of He3 would discover through the indomitable spirit of an Earth-born, war-weary mercenary turned piloting enthusiast, that the most powerful force in the Solar System wasn?t mined on the lunar surface, but was instead found so much closer to home. Science writer David Nabhan ("Earthquake Prediction: Answers in Plain Sight," 2012; Forecasting the Catastrophe", 2010; "Predicting the Next Great Quake", 1996) crafts the intelligent foundation on which an incredibly fast-moving, highly literate, and thoroughly unpredictable view of the future is built, one that is "astounding, sublime, terrifying, and more than anything?plausible."
Inhaltsangabe: Top Gun heads to outer space in this throwback to the classic science fiction of Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein. Strapped in to artificial wings spanning twenty-five feet across, your arms push a tenth of your body weight with each pump as you propel yourself at frightening speeds through the air. Inside a pressurized dome on the Moon, subject to one-sixth Earth's gravity, there are swarms of chiseled, fearless, superbly trained flyers all around you, jostling for air space like peregrine falcons racing for the prize. This was the sport of piloting, and after Helium-3, piloting was one of the first things that entered anyone's mind when Borealis was mentioned. It was Helium-3 that powered humanity's far-flung civilization expansion, feeding fusion reactors from the Alliances on Earth to the Terran Ring, Mars, the Jovian colonies, and all the way out to distant Titan. The supply, taken from the surface of the Moon, had once seemed endless. But that was long ago. Borealis, the glittering, fabulously rich city stretched out across the lunar North Pole, had amassed centuries of unimaginable wealth harvesting it, and as such was the first to realize that its supplies were running out. The distant memories of the horrific planetwide devastation spawned by the petroleum wars were not enough to quell the rising energy and political crises. A new war to rival no other appeared imminent, but the solar system's competing powers would discover something more powerful than Helium-3: the indomitable spirit of an Earth-born, war-weary mercenary and pilot extraordinaire.
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