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Arsen Darnay


Year 1978
Publisher Sphere Books limited
ISBN 0722128312



From the torture camps of the Third Reich to the corridors of power of contemporary Washington to the stricken nuclear wastelands of a post-holocaustal world: three souls locked in a karmic battle ...

It started when Jack met Aspic again.  Aspic looked familiar.  Unpleasantly familiar.  Almost as if they'd met in another life - and hated each other.  Which they had.  Locked in a struggle of vengeance and pain over a woman whose karma was irrevocably bound to theirs by a chain of bitterness and fury.

But this time it was different.

At the moment of death Jack's soul is captured by a machine designed to destroy his cycle of rebirth.  Flung into a future where an atomic Priesthood rules supreme and our own era is recalled as a golden age, Jack lives with the desperate hope that the karmic link is broken ...





Artist's concept of a comet being torn to shreds around G29-3, a white dwarf star



Credit: NASA

Comet 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star
This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around G29-3, a so-called dead star, or white dwarf. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a cloud of dust around this white dwarf that may have been generated from this type of comet disruption. The findings suggest that a host of other comet survivors may still orbit in this long-dead solar system. This illustration shows a comet in the process of being pulverized: part of it still exists as a chain of small clumps, while the rest has already spread out into a dusty disk. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 broke apart in a similar fashion when it plunged into Jupiter in 1994.

The white dwarf G29-38 began life as a star that was about three times as massive as our sun. Its death involved the same steps that the sun will ultimately undergo billions of years from now. According to theory, the G29-38 star became brighter and brighter as it aged, until it grew into a dying star called a red giant, which was large enough to engulf and evaporate any terrestrial planets that happened to be in its way. Later, the red giant shed its outer atmosphere, leaving behind a shrunken skeleton of star, called a white dwarf. If the star did host a planetary system, outer planets akin to Jupiter and Neptune and a remote ring of icy comets would remain.

NASA Image of the day archive





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