Skyfall (1st Edition)
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Prometheus is the largest spacecraft ever built by man. A joint USA-USSR project, the gigantic ship weighs over 20,000 tons--and may be the ultimate solution to the world's energy needs. Like its mythical namesake, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind, Prometheus will capture the energy of the sun and beam it to Earth--unless something goes terribly wrong. An unforseen accident has stranded Prometheus in a decaying orbit less than a hundred miles above the Earth. Its small, international crew of men and women have a day, maybe less, before they come crashing down with their ship. But there's more at stake than a few astronauts' lives. Prometheus is too immense to burn up in reentry. When it hits, history's greatest endeavor will become the world's biggest bomb.
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two MPs beyond the door, one Soviet the other American, had dark patches under their arms and looked wrinkled and hot. The road beyond them was empty. “You told me she was on the way,” Patrick said. “The plane landed, the car was waiting. But you know the kind of delays the Russians get into at the airport here.” “Ely knew something was happening. Remember that bet? He knew or guessed. But who’d have thought they’d pull this? Not they, this is too big a con even for the NASA brass, I can smell
to chat with B and P before the flight. They come on in a couple of minutes.” “Not in the flesh, I hope.” “God forbid. Bandin’s in Washington, Polyarni in the Kremlin I guess. A miracle of misapplied technology will permit us all to talk together. Let’s go.” The books marked the spot on the floor where they were to stand and, more or less goodnaturedly, they took their places. They had to shuffle closer together to get on camera and then it was time. “Stand by,” the technician said, and his
thinnest of walls—that now contains a good deal of high explosive as you pointed out. It would burn nicely in the atmosphere, quite spectacularly I assure you. But it is also a very expensive machine and the heart of the Prometheus Program is our ability to reuse the boosters. Without this capacity we would never succeed. We would also like to examine the engines and circuitry to discover what the difficulties were, so they will not be repeated.” “All good reasons,” O’Brian said, nodding. “But I
think there’ll be any problems.” “Thanks, Coretta. You’re right. Let me know if you need any help … .” “He doesn’t like to take pills.” “He can be ordered to. I’ll take care of that.” Patrick started for the flight cabin but Coretta caught his sleeve and pulled him back. “Just a minute. You’re under doctor’s orders too.” “Pills?” he asked, looking grim. “Food—and drink. And bring some up for Nadya when you go.” “Of course, thanks. Hunger and thirst strike like lightning as soon as I think
all of us. With all our little nationalisms and fears. At least we few, here, can forget about them in the little time we have left.” She pulled herself close and kissed him warmly. “I’m glad I met you, really I am. It doesn’t make all this worthwhile—but it sure makes it feet better.” “And I, you …” “The call, take the call …” Patrick said, thickly, twisting against the restraining strap. His hands went to his bandaged eyes; he had forgotten what had happened, wondered why it was dark. Then