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Radiance Hardcover – 31 Oct 2002

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st Picador USA Ed edition (31 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312268939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312268930
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.3 x 22.3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,803,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Out of the desire to be safe from nuclear weapons comes a program to build a shield against them. The difficulties are enormous, the cost exorbitant, and the results uncertain. Quine didn't come to the Lab to work on weapons, but his expertise with x-rays leads him to Superbright, in theory an orbital battle-station, in reality little more than spotty test data. Superbright is only the beginning, as Quine is drawn further away from pure physics and deeper into the machinations of those who would use the Lab for their own gains, whether monetary or ideological. A brilliant and detailed expose of the way in which the bright hopes and dreams of talented scientists are turned on the grindstone of political expediency until all that remains are the rough deceptions of self and nation.

About the Author

Carter Scholz has been publishing short fiction for 25 years. When not writing, Carter composes experimental computer music, and is a member of the Frog Peak Composers Collective. He lives in Berkeley, California. This is his first novel.

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