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Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion - Excerpt

Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion - Excerpt

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Published by A.R. Taylor
Prepare to meet physicist David Oster, a big thinker, a charming cad who flees Caltech and his three girlfriends for the Pacific Northwest, pastoral fantasy firmly in hand. Whatever will he do with all that rain, yet another beautiful woman, and several crazy physicists intent on his ruin? Obviously he needs to discover some entirely new physics principle, as yet unnamed, but can he deliver?
Prepare to meet physicist David Oster, a big thinker, a charming cad who flees Caltech and his three girlfriends for the Pacific Northwest, pastoral fantasy firmly in hand. Whatever will he do with all that rain, yet another beautiful woman, and several crazy physicists intent on his ruin? Obviously he needs to discover some entirely new physics principle, as yet unnamed, but can he deliver?

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Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion
By A.R. Taylor 
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Like many of Daid !ster"s #ad decisions, $is escape from California to t$e state of %as$in&ton 'ould #e (ustified 'it$ an or&y of lies. T$e 'orse t$e decision, t$e more $e liked to su&arcoat it to $is critics, and in t$is instance, $e prepared $imself for a irtuoso  performance. !nly one man could sae $im from a definitie female t$rottlin&, and t$at man 'as )iels *oekstra, director of t$e Larson +inne nstitute for Applied -$ysics. As $e stood in t$e steamy Au&ust ni&$t air, starin& out of t$e kitc$en 'indo' at t$e $i#iscus &ro'in& $alf'ay up t$e &lass, $e decided $e $ad to call *oekstra $imself. T$e older man $ad trou#le $earin& $im for a moment, #ut at last #lared into t$e p$one, !ster/ 0ood to speak to you.1 T$ere 'as rustlin& in t$e #ack&round and t$e noise of a &lass $ittin& t$e ta#le. S$$,1 *oekstra said, presuma#ly to someone else in t$e room, and t$en in a louder oice,  am (ust finis$in& up my 'ork.1A$$,  'as 'onderin&. . . 12es/1 $e &ro'led.A#out t$e (o#.1t"s still aaila#le, if you 'ant to kno'.1 don"t kno' if  coneyed t$at  am ery interested.12ou did not seem completely interested, to my eyes.  assumed, youn& man, t$at 3
 
Scripps or %oods *ole 'as your destination. *o'eer, -resident T$ornton s$all kno' your personal leanin&s.1 *e made it sound as if Daid liked to scre' cats. %$ereer  can &et t$e most money for s$ip time, especially if  don"t $ae to teac$, t$at"s '$ere "m &oin&.1 *is putatie #oss promised to $ae a decision in t'o days.Daid sipped $is Scotc$ and dre' little e4ual si&ns 'it$ $is fin&er on t$e 'indo'pane. At last no more &rant proposals5 $e could pry all t$e money $e 'anted out of t$e nstitute, and t$at meant under'ater p$ysics t$at could lead to fundamental  #reakt$rou&$s, and t$at meant 6 may#e someday 6 t$e ) 'ord, as in )o#el. 7ore importantly, $e could leae -asadena, California and $is postdoc at Caltec$ 'it$out seemin& to #reak up 'it$ $is t$ree, yes, t$ree &irlfriends. )eer in $is t$irty years $ad $e collected 'omen like t$is, and $e could only ascri#e it to some serious &onadal rus$. !f late $e could feel $imself s'a&&erin& like a  #rainy Casanoa, and $e paid 'ay too muc$ attention to $is lon&is$ #lack $air, $opin& t$at it a&uely su&&ested t$e poet. Around dinnertime at last t$e all8important call came. Do you t$ink you 'ould like it up $ere, !ster/1 *oekstra almost s$outed at $im.Loe it, a#solutely loe it,1 Daid said, more or less in a stupor from too muc$ su&ar and Scotc$. %$y 'ould you loe it/1 *oekstra said, apparently puffin& on a ci&arette  #ecause t$ere 'as a #reat$y pause.t"s so 6 pictures4ue,1 Daid said, alt$ou&$ t$e p1 'ord sat plumply on $is ton&ue.T$e position is yours if you 'ant it, #ut you $ae to start in t$ree 'eeks. Any 9
 
 pro#lem &ettin& yourself up $ere, you kno', any encum#rances/1)one, none '$atsoeer.1 So, you took t$e (o#.1 Daid"s adisor, a distin&uis$ed old man '$o 'as $ead of t$e oceano&rap$y &roup, $ad carefully 'atc$ed $is prot:&:"s pro&ress in a t'o8year postdoc t$at $ad stretc$ed into four.2es,  plan to lock myself in t$e la# and do not$in& #ut science.1 Daid  proceeded to spin a lon& tale a#out $o' &reat it 'ould #e up nort$, '$ere $e could commune 'it$ nature. *e portrayed an eart$ly paradise specifically desi&ned for $is  #enefit, a 'et dream of scenery and silence perc$ed on t$e !lympic -eninsula #et'een t$e -acific !cean and t$e Cascade Ran&e. *is soul 'ould expand, as 'ould $is 'allet. T$e t$in& a#out all t$ese lies 'as t$at $e kne' '$at kind of $ole $e 'as di&&in& for $imself. !r $e sort of kne'. %$en $e finis$ed $is screed, t$e old man stared at $im a moment. But it rains so muc$ t$ere,1 $e said in a lo' oice. Alas, Daid 'ould not let anyt$in& puncture t$is ot$er'ise perfect piece of mendacity 6 and any'ay, '$o cared a#out a little rain/ *e $ad real trou#les.At $ome t$at ni&$t, Daid sketc$ed randomly on a pad of paper #y t$e p$one, loopin& curlicues and knots to&et$er and t$en makin& up fanciful e4uations to express t$eir relations$ip. *e kne' '$at $e faced, and $e faced it no' 'it$ controlled fore#odin&. *e 'ould $ae to lie carefully and 'ell, oer and oer a&ain to ;alerie, to Cosmo, een to poor *elena, tellin& t$em $o' #roken8$earted $e 'as to leae t$e $aen of t$eir arms and (ourney all alone to t$e -acific )ort$'est. *e 'ould $ae to fei&n <

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