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Walter Jon Williams


Days of Atonement
Year 1991
Publisher Grafton  (HarperCollins)
ISBN 0586213864



How do you solve a murder when the victim is already dead?  And has been for twenty years ...

The small mining town of Atocha, New Mexico, is having trouble coping with the 21st Century.  It's a place where old family values still hold strong, where Loren Hawn, the chief of police, can usually solve any crime because he knows everyone and all their secrets

But this sleepy backwater is about to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future, as high-energy physics meets small-town politics.  On the outskirts of the town there's a new government laboratory where scientists are experimenting with the nature of space and time.

And on the floor of the police station there's a body - a man riddled with bullets.  Loren recognises him - but that's no help.  He last saw the man twenty years ago, the day he died in a terrible accident ...




'Despite his manifest cyberpunk leanings, Walter Jon Williams has an imagination all his own - along with a supple, subtle technique and a polished lucid prose style'
Kirkus Reviews

'No one can accuse Walter Jon Williams of failing to grow with each major new work ... The pacing is brisk, the high-tech details vivid, and the rewards to most adventure science fiction readers likely to be considerable'



Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle orbits the moon



Credit: NASA

Eagle in Lunar Orbit
At 1:28 p.m. EDT on July 19, 1969, NASA's Apollo 11 fired its service module engine and went into orbit around the moon. A day later the lunar module Eagle, seen in lunar orbit above, touched down in the Sea of Tranquility. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin later spent two and a half hours walking on the moon, while their crewmate Michael Collins orbited above in the command module Columbia. Collins took the photo above through Columbia's window, before the descent to the surface.

The long "rod-like" protrusions under the legs are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes sent a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine.

NASA Image of the day archive





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