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Robert Silverberg


The Stochastic Man
Year 1975
Publisher Coronet  (Hodder and Stoughton)
ISBN 0340223278



A man doesn't choose his life.
His life chooses him.

Lew Nichol's business, at the end of the twentieth century was stochastic prediction - high-powered guesswork.  He was very good at this well-paid, sophisticated form of witchcraft.  And he was quite content with the sultry Indian beauty he married.

In fact, Lew Nichols was more than satisfied with his life.  Until the day in March '99 when he met Martin Carvajal.  Lew got strange vibrations from the eccentric millionaire from the start.  But Carvajal took a special interest in Lew.  He wanted to teach him to SEE the future - not just guess at it.

But the power to see the future did not prepare Lew for the horrifying possibilities it offered.




'Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow'
Isaac Asimov


Weightless Wonders



Credit: NASA

Weightless Wonders
A trio of astronauts from the Return to Flight crew train for their flight by floating in NASA's famed KC-135 aircraft.

From left, mission specialists Stephen K. Robinson, Charles J. Camarda, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), experience brief weightlessness as the plane flies a series of climbs and dives -- called "parabolas" -- over the Gulf of Mexico.

Robinson, Camarda, Noguchi and their four crewmates are set to take the orbiter Discovery to the International Space Station on mission STS-114.

NASA Image of the day archive





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