By Donald Moffitt
The bold Sultan of Alpha Centauri can in simple terms declare the illustrious name of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy urban of Mecca. This trip accomplished, he'll rule the whole inhabitants of the higher Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has now not but been in a position to triumph over the numerous demanding situations provided via interplanetary commute. even if, the Sultan resourcefully enlists the aid of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a smart fugitive with a value on his head and the legislations on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering global of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty creation to advanced physics and the much more complicated political intrigues of the Sultan's court docket. accountable for the winning execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the complete sunlight approach will be resting on his shoulders.
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The Gott fluid itself drives the expansion of the bubble universes and gives us a sort of universal foam in which Creation continues apace. "Harun returned, as a mathematical exercise only, to the old Steady State universe and made a quantum leap of the imagi-nation. We need not postulate a homogenized universe, he said. The hydrogen which so infuriated the Big Bangists is part of the fabric of space-time, and leaks into the observed plenum at dif-ferent gradients. It tends especially to leak where space is stretched by the presence of a hypermass.
I was afraid I 'd bounce up too far and fall into that! " He gestured toward the central well that rose through the mile-wide acreage of the observation deck. It was a thousand feet across and surrounded by a chest-high railing. It was there to allow for expansion as the Saladin changed shape, and it was the core of the ship. From the lounge chairs drawn up to face it, one could look down into a chasm that at present was a half-mile deep, or up to see the destination stars of Centaurus. Most of the ship's passengers were seated a halfmile away to watch the retreat of Mars through the ports that girdled the ship, but the more romantically inclined had taken their positions here, to dream and to speculate.
He had also sacrificed the fleshy pad of a forefinger in the unlikely event that a DNA sample might be required at exit; he would have a sore finger for a few weeks aboard ship as the graft was rejected and his own fingertip, already seeded for cloned regen-eration, grew out again. He had balked at losing an eye, even temporarily, and the ambassador had upheld him against the insistence of the intel-ligence wallahs. "A retinal check is extremely unlikely," the ambassador had said. "Mars has adhered to civilized standards for over two centuries.