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John Meaney


To Hold Infinity
Year 1998
Publisher Bantam
ISBN 0553505882



Devastated by her husband's death, Earth-based biologist Yashiko Sunadomari journeys to the paradise world of Fulgar to see her estranged son in the hope of bridging the gulf between them.

But Tetsuo is in trouble.  His expertise in mu-space tech and family links with the mysterious Pilots have ensured his survival.  So far.  Now he's in way over his head - unwittingly caught up in a conspiracy of illegal tech-trafficking and corruption, and in the sinister machinations of one of Fulgar's ruling elite: the charismatic Luculentus, Rafael Garcia de la Vega.  When his home is attacked, Tetsuo flees to the planet's unterraformed wastes, home to society's outcasts and eco-terrorists.

So Yoshiko arrives on Fulgar to discover Tetsuo gone ... and wanted for murder.  Ill at ease in this strange, stratified new world seething with social and political unrest but desperate to find her son and clear his name, she embarks on a course of action that will bring her face to face with the awesome, malevolent mind of Rafael ...




'In To Hold Infinity, John Meaney has achieved a cold fusion of post-cyberpunk tech noir with the expansive dreams of classic science fiction.  The result is dark, complex and glitters with brilliant strangeness.

To Hold Infinity held me from the bullet-spray prose of its opening.  I was immersed in John Meaney's fantastic yet plausible future - a future transformed by technology, a future where even death isn't the end of the adventure, a future where the cool philosophies of the east have merged with western science.  But the whole is cemented together by the complex but very human bond between a mother and her son.

'John Meaney has rewired science fiction.  Everything is different now'
Stephen Baxter



Sombrero Galaxy



Credit: NASA

Sombrero Galaxy
Why does the Sombrero Galaxy look like a hat? Reasons include the Sombrero's unusually large and extended central bulge of stars, and dark prominent dust lanes that appear in a disk that we see nearly edge-on. Billions of old stars cause the diffuse glow of the extended central bulge. Close inspection of the bulge in the above photograph shows many points of light that are actually globular clusters.

The spectacular dust rings harbor many younger and brighter stars, and show intricate details astronomers don't yet fully understand. The very center of the Sombrero is thought to house a large black hole. Fifty million-year-old light from the Sombrero Galaxy can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of Virgo.

NASA Image of the day archive





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