Breaking Strain (Venus Prime, Book 1) by Arthur C. Clarke, Paul Preuss

By Arthur C. Clarke, Paul Preuss

Venus leading is a chain of six technological know-how fiction novels written by means of Paul Preuss, in keeping with characters and destinations in Arthur C. Clarke's brief stories.

The tales contain Sparta, a gorgeous and mysterious lady with complex talents, the fabricated from complicated biotech engineering. however the reminiscence of the final 3 years is long past, and Sparta makes an attempt to get well her prior, and retailer her future.

Volume 1 – Breaking pressure (based at the 1949 brief tale "Breaking Strain")

After her unexpected get away from a psychological establishment, an amnesiac who calls herself Sparta seeks out the origins of her strange talents. To this finish, she adopts the id of Ellen Troy and turns into an inspector for the gap Guild.

On her first task as an Inspector, Sparta is distributed to Port Hesperus, the gap station orbiting Venus, to enquire the sabotage of the gap Queen, an previous freighter. whereas there, she encounters Blake Redfield, a tender vintage books specialist who could carry the major to her lacking memories.

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I’ll summarize that story briefly. As Mao swept into power in 1950, my parents decided they would remain, for they kept out of Chinese politics and were willing to work under any regime. From the first day the Communists arrived in Dzang Zok, however, their old, useful life there was obviously over. If they acknowledged a friend on the street, that friend was suspected of collaborating with the foreign imperialists. And if the friend ignored their greeting, it hurt the friendship between them. Yet that friendship was still quietly evident: the Communists pressured [ 19 ] tales of wonder the townsfolk of Dzang Zok to denounce the imperialistmissionaries, but not a single person would.

My fears were more basic. I feared the wild dogs in the street. ”) I feared cholera. Before a trip I still find myself drinking glass after glass of water: you never know—as the saying goes—where your next drink will come from. Mine was an earthy childhood, but its earth was close to heaven. Without the clutter of many things, with few distractions (no television, computer games, and so on), not [ 8 ] Coming of Age in a Sacred Universe hemmed in with scheduled activities, a subtle, almost transcendent sense of something else, the lovely undertone of just being, made itself felt.

Beyond our house, Christianity was my father’s church and, to a lesser extent, the girls’ school and the orphanage he founded. [ 22 ] Coming of Age in a Sacred Universe 2. Buddhism. Christianity was familial and intimate, but Buddhism and Confucianism had been historical forces in Dzang Zok and had left their visible markers. Chan (Zen) Buddhism erected its first monastery in China just outside the town, and we often picnicked there. In the town’s alleys and lanes old people muttered to themselves, which I dismissed as just what old people do.

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