By Robert Zubrin
From popular Mars visionary Robert Zubrin comes his much-anticipated debut novel - a piece of fiction born from the proof that encouraged his groundbreaking nonfiction works, The Case for Mars and coming into area . full of startling authenticity, First touchdown follows humankind's first manned venture to Mars, a brand new frontier of undreamed-of percentages - and nightmarish hazards.
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Anyway she was bulimic—but she hasn’t had to purge since then. ” “But I don’t think I was abused. ” “At first, yes. It was only later that it all came out. It’ll come out for you, too. ” “I don’t know. I don’t think this happened. And—and—I mean, come on. Incest—sexual abuse. That’s the stuff of tabloids, no? ” “You’re so wrong, it’s staggering,” said Gurdjieff sharply “And it’s not just you—it’s society in general. You know, in the nineteen-eighties, when we really started talking about sexual abuse and incest, the topic did get a great deal of exposure.
It had come as a complete shock. They’d been living together for about a year, sharing an apartment in St. Jamestown with a few hundred cockroaches. Kyle was in the second year of his master’s in computer science; Heather was just starting her master’s in psychology. They were in love—no doubt—and had talked about building a life together. But Kyle and Heather both knew they should each go somewhere other than U of T for their doctorates. Not that U of T wasn’t a fine place for grad school; indeed, if it really did have any claim to that “Harvard of the North” label, it was because of its graduate studies.
But how often did she mention them? A passing reference here, a brief aside there—and then moving on quickly before it got too unpleasant, to Maslow’s drive for self-actualization, to Adler’s introverts and extroverts, to Skinner’s operant conditioning. “Perhaps,” she said. “Maybe you’re right,” said Gurdjieff, apparently willing to concede a little if Heather was also willing to do so. ” Heather felt it hitting home again. “Of course. ” “It’s natural that you don’t remember it,” said Gurdjieff.