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Skyfall

Harry Harrison

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Prometheus is the largest spacecraft ever built by man. A joint USA-USSR project, the gigantic ship weighs over 20,000 tons--and may be the ultimate solution to the world's energy needs. Like its mythical namesake, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind, Prometheus will capture the energy of the sun and beam it to Earth--unless something goes terribly wrong. An unforseen accident has stranded Prometheus in a decaying orbit less than a hundred miles above the Earth. Its small, international crew of men and women have a day, maybe less, before they come crashing down with their ship. But there's more at stake than a few astronauts' lives. Prometheus is too immense to burn up in reentry. When it hits, history's greatest endeavor will become the world's biggest bomb.

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1BAlKONUR--USSR"Christ ... it's big," Harding said in a hoarse whisper. "I didn't think anything could be that big."Big was too small a word. A gleaming skyscraper in the flat plain; a windowless tower of metal that dwarfed the buildings round it. Not a building; a spacecraft. 20,000 tons that would soon roar flame from its engines, shudder and rise, at first slowly then faster and faster, and soar arrow-like into space. The largest spacecraft men had ever built or dreamed of.Large as their four-engined jet was, it was dwarfed to insignificance. It was a fly buzzing round a steeple.
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    Harry Harrison

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