By Ben Bova
The long run is Coming, and It’s Going to be Hilarious! First Time in Paperback for This Wildly comedian glance via a Best-Selling and Award-Winning author at a number of Possible—and Bizarre—Tomorrows, together with whole Novels
Ben Bova, best-selling and award-winning writer of the “Grand travel” and “Asteroid Wars” sequence, takes a sardonic examine the funny chances of destiny know-how.
The Starcrossed: invoice Oxnard, a tender technological genius, had perfected precise three-d tv, making usual television out of date. He suggestion he will be wealthy and famous—but he hadn’t discovered how deranged the executives operating the have been; nor what kind of courses they have been making plans to broadcast utilizing the recent procedure within the maniacal quest for scores.
Cyberbooks: Carl Lewis has a dream—to make books obtainable and reasonable to each individual within the kingdom, and thinks his “cyberbook,” approximately as huge and as affordable as a pocket calculator, will ensure that someone to obtain books without delay and affordably. yet he has no concept what he’s approximately to get into, nor does his touch at Bunker Books, attractive yet naïve aspiring editor Lori Tashkajian. Will they continue to exist this foray into the cut-throat international of huge publishing? And simply who's all at once murdering all these great aged humans at the streets of recent York, besides?
those full-length novels of twistedly comedian, yet very attainable futures, plus six shorter yet both witty works, upload as much as a beneficiant quantity of futuristic enjoyable and hilarious high-tech.
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