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Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.destination Amaltheia

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.destination Amaltheia

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Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
SF compilation “DESTINATION: AMALTHEIATranslated from the RussianBy LEONID KOLESNIKOV
FOREIGN LANGUAGES PUBLISHING HOUSEMOSCOW ___________________________________________________ OCR: http://home.freeuk.com/russica2
 Boris Strugatsky,
authors of "Destination; Amaltheia", have already severalcollections of SF stories to their credit. Arkady Strugatsky (b. 1925) is a linguist andtranslator specialising in Japanese. Boris (b. 1933) is an astronomer and works at thecomputer laboratory of Pulkovo Observatory. The title story of this volume is their secondnovelette appearing after "The Country of the Purple Clouds" —about explorations onVenus, First Prize winner in a best SF book competition. 
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. .. . Hydrogen phantoms, the strangest and mostenigmatic objects in the solar system. Enormous masses of hydrogen and helium tinged bymethane and ammonia. What is their structure? What makes them rotate at such a frantic.speed? What is their source of energy? We observe titanic changes on their surface. Wesee strips of clouds streak along, broken now and then by giant whirls, streamers of gaseserupt into space in flaring bursts. What forces are behind these outer phenomena?Thermonuclear reactions? But these giants have sub-zero surface temperatures: —216°F onJupiter and even lower on the others. What is then the mechanism of these primaries?Perhaps it is some physical principle we don't know yet and even do not so far dare toguess at....

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