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Avon Books, 1994 - Fiction - 394 pages
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The planet's only hope lies in the brilliant minds of a father and son, Cyrus and Leiden Hudder - minds singularly linked in the mission to save life on Earth, but separated by a lifetime of misunderstanding and resentment which culminated in Cyrus's disappearance in the early 1980s. In the embers of the first atomic explosion at White Sands during WW II, Cyrus Hudder discovers an extraordinary new crystal, harder than diamond, impossible to melt. Cyrus has long dreamed of drilling down to the Earth's core; now, if he lines the hole with ``hudderite, '' the idea seems feasible.

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Maybe-here-and-now yarn about a project to drill a hole down to the Earth's core in order to study the source of the planet's magnetic field, which is breaking down and wobbling about and threatening ... Read full review

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Paul Preuss is the author of 13 novels, including Secret Passages and the near-future thrillers Core and Starfire. His non-fiction has appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Besides writing, he has been a science consultant for several film companies.

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