Rockets, Redheads & Revolution

By James P. Hogan

Hogan is within the most sensible rank of writers who write actual technological know-how fiction approximately "real" technology, and now he bargains enthusiastic readers a unique deal with, giving them a guided travel via his many worlds. research new chances for smuggling via area trip; permit Hogan clarify how he in my view caused the autumn of the Soviet Union; see what it'd be wish to rent-a-body of your selection; and lots more and plenty extra.

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