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Jack L Chalker


Lords of the Middle Dark
Year 1986
Publisher New English Library  (Del Rey/Ballantine)
ISBN 0450428052



The Rings of the Master Book One

Across the galaxy and beyond, the Master System ruled.  Once the product of human intelligence, it now far surpassed its creators.  All understanding of it was lost and any attempt at rediscovery ruthlessly suppressed.  The rule of the Master System was unchallenged.

Yet there was a key, long forgotten, that would break that control and it happened by chance that two people, an American and a Chinese woman, stumbled across the secret of the five gold rings that were the key.

Now their only hope lay in finding the rings themselves for the Master System was at their backs, hunting them down ...




'I was absolutely stunned at the panoramic beauty and scope of this series of books. Without a doubt one of, if not THE, best series ever in the history of the genre. The symbolism and struggles are hauntingly realistic and accurate--meshing with our deepest hopes and desires. This is a deep book from a deep series. My favorite author of all time. Between this series and the Wellworld series, all other authors have new benchmarks to aim for.'
Steven E Romer - The Textbook of the Universe


Images from Spitzer Space Telescope



Credit: NASA

Dazzling Images From Newly Named Space Telescope
NASA's newly named Spitzer Space Telescope has captured dazzling images of a dusty, spiral galaxy; a planet-forming disc; a glowing, stellar nursery and a young, buried star, demonstrating the power of its infrared eyes to spy hidden objects.

Top left: The dusty, star-studded arms of M81, a nearby spiral galaxy similar to our own, are illuminated in unprecedented detail. The image reveals Spitzer's ability to explore regions invisible in optical light.

Top right: A massive disc of dusty debris encircles a nearby star called Fomalhaut. Such discs are remnants of planetary construction; our own planet is believed to have formed out of a similar disc.

Bottom left: Resembling a flaming creature on the run, this image exposes the hidden interior of a dark and dusty cloud in the emission nebula IC 1396. Young stars previously obscured by dust can be seen here for the first time.

Bottom right: This Spitzer image transforms a dark cloud into a silky translucent veil, revealing the stellar winds from an otherwise hidden newborn star called HH46-IR. Spitzer's remarkable capacity to peer through cosmic dust allowed it to unveil this never-before-seen star.

Launched in August 2003 as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF), Spitzer was renamed in honor of Dr. Lyman Spitzer, Jr, the first to propose placing telescopes in space.

NASA Image of the day archive





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