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Disturbing Sun

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Author: Robert Shirley Richardson (Philip Latham)
Published: 1959
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,050 / 22 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,427
Added to site: 2008.01.04 19606

This, be it understood, is fiction--nothing but fiction--and not, under any circumstances, to be considered as having any truth whatever to it. It's obviously utterly impossible... isn't it?

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t. Instead they fell in slightly slanting parallel series so that you could draw straight lines down through them. The connection with the Sun was obvious.

LATHAM. In what way?

NIEMAND. Why, because twenty-seven days is about the synodic period of solar rotation. That is, if you see a large spot at the center of the Sun's disk today, there is a good chance if it survives that you will see it at the same place twenty-seven days later. But that night Middletown produced another chart that showed the connection with the Sun in a way that was even more convincing.

LATHAM. How was that?

NIEMAND. I said that the lines drawn down through the days of greatest mental disturbance slanted slightly. On this second chart the squares were dated under one another not at intervals of twenty-seven days, but at intervals of twenty-seven point three days.

LATHAM. Why is that so important?

NIEMAND. Because the average period of solar rotation in the sunspot zone is not twenty-seven days

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 1.7 from 3 reviews: **
Paulo Respighi

A medical doctor and a radio astronomer compare notes and find a peculiar correlation in their data.

Nothing too great in the story, the question-and-answer format gets tedious, and two-thirds of the story could be cut without damaging it.

JoJo Biggins

An interesting story idea that goes nowhere.

C. Alan Loewen

Disturbing Sun is a sci-fi tale in the guise of an interview with a scientist who believes that solar activity triggers violence in humanity.

An interview-type format is an odd little way of telling a story and it is up to the individual reader to judge f the reading is worth the time.

For this particular reviewer, it wasn't



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