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Peter J Evans


Mnemosyne's Kiss
Year 1999
Publisher Virgin Worlds
ISBN 0753503808



Two months after she died, Cassandra Lannigan woke up in a hospital bed in Nairobi.

The intervening time seemed very small, little more than a stumble, a flicker of pain.  For a moment she thought she was still running, but the pounding rhythm was only the pulse in her head.  It faded as she listened.

In the near future, the world isn't an ecological disaster area; technology has been harnessed for the good of humankind.

But human beings still have the capacity to make the worst nightmares come true.  Addicts such as Rayanne Gatita consume new drugs to erase the memories of life on the streets; an entrepreneur such as Cassandra Lannigan can still end up with half her brain shot away when a deal goes wrong.

When Lannigan wakes up, she's unable to remember more than a whisper of her past.  But someone's out to assassinate her - again - and her only ally is the street-girl Rayanne.





Mnemosyne's Kiss was nominated for the British Fantasy Society's Best Novel Award in 1999.





Credit: NASA

The Face of Beauty
Few sights in the solar system are more strikingly beautiful than softly hued Saturn embraced by the shadows of its stately rings.

The gas planet's subtle northward gradation from gold to azure is a striking visual effect that scientists don't fully understand. The color view above was created using blue, green and red spectral filters, which approximates the scene as it would appear to the human eye.

Current thinking says that the color gradations may be related to seasonal influences, tied to the cold temperatures in the northern (winter) hemisphere. Despite Cassini's revelations, Saturn remains a world of mystery.

Currently, the rings' shadows shield the mid-northern latitudes from the harshest of the sun's rays. As Saturn travels around the sun in its 29-year orbit, the shadows will narrow and head southward, eventually blanketing the opposite hemisphere.

NASA Image of the day archive





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