Able One by Ben Bova

By Ben Bova

Whilst a nuclear missile introduced by means of a rogue North Korean faction explodes in area the ensuing shockwave destroys the world’s satellites, throwing international verbal exchange into chaos. the USA army satellites, designed to resist such an attack, exhibit that extra missiles are sitting at the release pad in North Korea, able to be deployed. confronted with the specter of a thermonuclear assault, the USA has just one attainable security: capable One.

ABL-1, or capable One, is a changed 747 geared up with a high-powered laser capable of knock out missiles in flight. yet either the laser’s expertise and the jet’s team are untested. What was once initially to be a coaching flight with a skeleton team becomes a determined race to spoil the 2 final nukes. Will capable One’s experimental know-how be sufficient to avoid global conflict III—especially while it turns into transparent saboteur is onboard?

Able One is a well timed thrill-ride through considered one of technological know-how fiction’s most dear novelists

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For some reason, He's permitted us to learn the fundamental rules of nature and start tinkering with His craft. That's a fact as potent as any revelation. "Oh, it is a heady thing, this apprenticeship and the powers that gowith it. Perhaps, in the long run, it will turn out to be a good thing. "But that doesn't make us all-knowing. Not yet. "Most religions hold that some immortal essence stays inside a real human being – the original body – when copies are made. The golem-duplicate is just a machine, like some kind of robot.

My thoughts churn. It may be illegal, but why tellme? I'm no cop or tech-sleuth. " Blinking, I hardly know where to begin. " "I do know that, Mr. " Her smile is indulgent. " "Naturally. In fact, UK continues to engage in normal commercial research, coming up with gradual improvements in the copiers they sell. Technical details about these improvementscan be kept confidential temporarily, till patents are filed. " "Fundamentally alter"? Creepy words that make me curious as hell. And yet, one fact is paramount – I shouldn't be holding this conversation.

If Wammaker lets me escape early, I'll go listen to Pal's latest wild-eyed theory or scheme. Crum. I can already feel my short "life" getting used up. Top floor, where rooftop heliports give quick access to rich clients. Where illustrious producers serve fine coffee and fancy hors d'oeuvres, even to visiting grays! Here, elegant shops let you hire first-rate actors to play convincing roles in bodies molded to resemble anyone across time. There's a penalty when a ditto doesn't resemble its rig, but it's small when no fraud is involved.

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