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George Turner


Year 1991
Publisher Headline
ISBN 074723812X



Trainee journalist David Chance was raised in a state orphanage - years later he receives a communication from a man claiming to be his father.  Arthur hazard is no ordinary man, but one of twelve genetically engineered supermen - three groups of four children were artificially created, each with a specialized form of super-intelligence, but of the 'Nursery Children' only C Group were real all-round geniuses.  These four committed suicide before David's birth.

Rumour has it that just before their fatally dramatic gesture their leader, Conrad, intimated that they may have left a vital intellectual legacy behind them.  Arthur encourages David to investigate the life and death of C Group, leading him into a terrifying web of deceit and betrayal ...




'His future world is believable, the imagined scientific breakthroughs he postulates are intriguing and his characters are real enough to make us care about the issues he raises'
Publishers Weekly

'Not only a mind-stretcher; it is a breathlessly exciting adventure'
Arthur C Clarke



Perseids over Japan



Credit: NASA

Perseid Power
Enjoying the bright Moon's absence from early morning skies, observers around the world reported lovely displays during this year's Perseid meteor shower, which peaked August 11 and 12. This bright and colorful fireball meteor flashed through skies over Japan in the early morning hours of August 12. Ending at the upper right, the meteor's trail points down and to the left, back to the shower's radiant point between the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia, seen here just above the tower structure in the foreground. The Pleiades star cluster is also visible well below the meteor's trail.

Perseid shower meteors can be traced to particles of dust from the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle. The comet dust impacts the atmosphere at speeds of around 60 kilometers per second.

NASA Image of the day archive





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