Politician (Bio of a Space Tyrant, Book 3)

By Piers Anthony

Unique book: 1985


He aroused from sleep in a tiny lightless mobilephone, groping for reminiscence . . . reminiscence that have been erased. wish Hubris, Jupiter governor, revolutionary populist, warrior hero, and presidential candidate . . . a “mem-washed” instrument of the enemy. And if his captors’ plan labored, desire could spoil his personal political occupation, leaving the destiny of his planet within the fingers of its corrupt presidential incumbent—Tocsin.

But desire Hubris had a future to satisfy. He had the crafty to find code phrases which could reactivate his brain . . . the power to withstand habit to their medicines . . . the ability to win the aid of his countrymen, and at last, the braveness to make an agonizing sacrifice that might be sure his planet’s destiny and his personal future . . . 

Tyrant of Jupiter.

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Iron is used since it could be dealt with magnetically; it's after all most unlikely to address contra-terrene topic effectively the other manner. in spite of magnets it’s difficult; exact attract-repulse circuits are essential to hinder the CT from flying into the magnets themselves and blowing up the total install. So CT strength is not any small-bubble topic; in basic terms significant towns and armed forces vessels use it without delay, with scattered exceptions. CT merging is used to generate electrical energy, that is then used for many different reasons, together with the creation of oxygen, that is then the gas of selection for small vehicles, comparable to this one within the car-bubble. And the place does the CT iron come from? good, a lot of the easiest iron comes from Mars, which was once regarded as a barren desert-planet till the Moslem sheikhs chanced on a massive typical cache of the power-metal. Oh, there's iron in other places; the rocky fragments within the neighborhood of the main planets have it, and Jupiter and Saturn are significant manufacturers of it. however the iron of Mars is of top quality and straightforward to mine, and the Martian reserves are large; this can be the resource of selection. that provides Mars financial leverage disproportionate to its actual or political value as a planet. The natural terrene iron is processed in precise gravity laboratories backed via Jupiter, Saturn, or Uranus, popularly referred to as Black gap Labs; the particular mechanism is past my figuring out, yet primarily a rod of terrene iron is subjected to such gravitational rigidity that it inverts, turning into CT iron. therefore gravity-shielding know-how is the final word resource of civilized strength. This, back, is not any small-bubble operation; merely the foremost planets can deal with it. therefore a small planet like Mars has the leverage of the uncooked fabric, whereas a wide planet like Jupiter has the leverage of Black gap know-how. It results in attention-grabbing monetary interactions. but strength doesn't derive from not anything, both politically or bodily. what's the final resource of this chain? reviews vary; apparently both it's the literal destruction of subject, which would have a deleterious final result for our universe during a couple of billion years, or it's the gravity good of the key planets, which would ultimately render them into minor planets. veritably the human species could be lengthy departed prior to something like this happens. At any price we fanned alongside the street, and it was once one other novel event. The path was once truly a jet of surroundings, one of many myriad that twist alongside within the eddy-currents of the degrees of the gale that's the Jupiter atmosphere. right here on the southern fringe of the equatorial band the turbulence used to be more than at such a lot areas, yet really it wasn’t seen; it easily intended that there have been a few currents that moved swifter than the common, and a few that moved slower, and a few that twisted round like serpents. They flexed consistently, however the swap in place was once frequently just a couple of toes consistent with day, and any given jet tended to come back to its unique place after a number of days.

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