Olympus Mons

Olympus Mons

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An obscure biomedical researcher develops Bevvinase, the a€œmiracle enzymea€ capable of driving carbon dioxide-oxygen conversion within the cell tissue proper, and thereby opens the hostile Martian environment to permanent colonization. Decades later, the Burroughs Enclave teeters on the brink of becoming a qlost colony.q Former intel op and alpinist Jesperson, and his work-partner Barnes, are among the few hundred a€œMarsratsa€ (Mars-rationalized humans) dwelling within a pressurized, roofed enclave in the shadow of the immense Olympus Mons shield volcano and its aqueduct system, the sole source of essential water. A minor eruption and quake cause unknown damage to the aqueduct at the time an earthly economic crisis is brewing, and absentee governance of Burroughs is handed over to the U.N. Organization. Struggling against vigorous opposition in Burroughs, with homeworld aid unavailable, Jesperson and Barnes lead a semi-suicidal trek to the volcanoa€™s heights in a desperate attempt to repair the aqueduct and save the enclavea€™s denizens.... into a semi-comatose condition. Feeling that the enzyme was a€œtaking hold nicely, a€ he scribbled instructions for the care of his companions and himself on blank pages torn from the diary, and then waited with unbelievable patience until hisanbsp;...

Title:Olympus Mons
Author: William Walling
Publisher:Virtualbookworm.com - 2003-11-01

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