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Slow Apocalypseby John Varley
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Despite wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as 9/11, the United States dependence on foreign oil has kept the nation tied to the Middle East. A scientist has developed a cure for Americas addiction—a slow-acting virus that feeds on petroleum, turning it solid. But he didnt consider that his contagion of an Iraqi oil field would spread to infect the fuel supply of the entire world
In Los Angeles, screenwriter Dave Marshall heard this scenario from a retired U.S. Marine and government insider who acted as a consultant on Daves last film. It sounded as implausible as many of his scripts, but the reality is much more frightening than anything he can envision.
An ordinary guy armed with extraordinary information, Dave hopes his survivors instinct will kick in so he can protect his wife and daughter from the coming apocalypse that will alter the future of Earth—and humanity
Not content with investing his fortune and watching it grow, multibillionaire Howard Christian buys rare cars that he actually drives, acquires collectible toys that he actually plays with, and builds buildings that defy the imagination. But now his restless mind has turned to a new obsession: cloning a mammoth…
In a barren province of Canada, a mammoth hunter financed by Christian has made the discovery of a lifetime: an intact frozen woolly mammoth. But what he finds during the painstaking process of excavating the huge creature baffles the mind. Huddled next to the mammoth is the mummified body of a Stone Age man around 12,000 years old. And he is wearing a wristwatch.
It looks like Howard Christian is going to get his wish—and more…
Seven suburban misfits are constructing a spaceship out of old tanker cars. The plan is to beat the Chinese to Mars--in under four days at three million miles an hour. It would be history in the making if it didn't sound so insane.
About the Author
John Varley is the author of the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, and Mammoth. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for his work.
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