By Ben Bova
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Ben Bova, best-selling and award-winning writer of the “Grand journey” and “Asteroid Wars” sequence, takes a sardonic examine the funny chances of destiny know-how.
The Starcrossed: invoice Oxnard, a tender technological genius, had perfected real 3-dimensional tv, making traditional television out of date. He suggestion he will be wealthy and famous—but he hadn’t discovered how deranged the executives working the have been; nor what kind of courses they have been making plans to broadcast utilizing the hot approach within the maniacal quest for scores.
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