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The science fiction imagining of a former rocket scientist, "Matter of Resistance" pushes technology and human nature to the limits as it chronicles our Mars settlement's struggle for independence from Earth. Though it was written for young adults, it's received high praise and recommendations from top minds in science, aerospace, and defense....

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ISBN : 9780989312837
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Number of Pages : 318 Pages
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Matter of Resistance Reviews

  • Sharlene Almond
    2019-06-08 15:32

    The start of the book instantly caught my interest. The battle between earth inhabitants (Earthicans), and Mars inhabitants (Marsians) are determined to break through Mars’ defense structures. Neither side trusts each other, but each side as a lot to lose if war breaks out.They try to maintain a sense of normalcy, but the underlying threat cannot be ignored.As usual when the threat of war looms, there are those that want to maintain peace, while others looking to advance their weapons to prepare to fight. A paramilitary group is established on both sides to advance their chances of winning. Marsians have their own unique and sophisticated weapon called the ‘shield’; this is what the Earthicans have to breach in order to get to Mars.The definite highlight of this book is the child characters that are advanced beyond their years, making it easy to forget that they are just children. As each generation on Mars grows, their intelligence progresses with it.Although there are many Earthicans that want to breach Mars, there are some that are determined to help Marsians survive an attack, or warn them of an impending one.The cost of wanting profit versus caring about lives just reminds me of even though this actual event did not occur; all too often in war, profit over-rides human life. Many innocent people die because of some people’s selfish ambition.An addictive read, feeling as if I have to closely read it as I might miss something. The more I read, the more involved with the characters I get. A vital aspect to any good novel, being able to connect with the characters.The battle of wits and weaponry show who is the superior race. Excitement and tension build up as Earthicans try to dominate the Marsians.When a character dies, it fuels the desire for revenge and feeling the need for war instead of peace. Actions done cannot be undone, the event forever changing the characters.The ending was unexpected. Innovativeness proves successful over sheer aggressive force. A unique story, that although some may not perceive as realistic, proves to be just that. The way it is written makes the plot seem almost plausible, getting lost amongst the character’s stories.I could easily see this as a movie, as the dramatic unfolding of the events, and the aspect of another planet would be great to watch.4/5 stars

  • Gregory Lamb
    2019-05-18 16:28

    Readers who enjoyed "Enders Game," won't want to miss reading this latest SciFi by Raymond Vogel. This author writes with the authority of one who understands military security and government organizational structure giving credibility to the plot. It is well paced and packed with action and personality that kept me reading late into the night.Set in a future where critical resources became scarce, humans from Earth colonized Mars in hopes of exploiting the energy source, Magnematter. Vogel drops the reader right into the center of the action with the birth of protagonist Isaac Raleigh to Martian parents Marena and Jacob. The clever choices of names the author used for Isaac's parents were enough for me to keep reading only to discover the many other subtle treasures in this well crafted story.We quickly discover that intelligence in Martian offspring evolve leaps and bounds each generation. Years earlier, Mars was attacked by Earthicans, so their superior intellect, Marsians created a shield to protect their world but it won't stand up to the latest weaponry being developed on Earth. Greed and power are still a driving force on Earth, where corrupt industry leaders and a military industrial complex thrive on perpetuating old paradigms of human conflict. It is only a matter of time before the Earthicans engineer a rationale to re-attack Mars. It is only a matter of resistance for the Marsians to develop a means of protection.In this highly entertaining page-turner, Vogel takes on several themes pointing out the irrationality of human conflict. This is one that should be mandatory reading at the Defense Department's War Colleges.

  • Oliver Chase
    2019-05-24 15:47

    Excellent start to finish. This book doesn't draw the line between young adults and older readers, it transcends them. Matter of Resistance grabbed me right from the start just like Rowling did with the first hundred pages of Harry Potter. For an author to write from the perspectives of both children and adults is a tough undertaking. Vogel obviously broke the code in this exciting book. Throughout the story, he captures the children as they grow, question, and reach for answers without the filters adult writers tend to use. This unique perspective had me laughing and wondering with his insight. I thought Isaac in particular was audacious and smart. He was also funny so I couldn't stop myself from turning pages. The author wove new twists and real characters keeping the story moving right along. BTW, Isaac really is the young genius created by an author drawing deep on his own experience with rocket science and research.This was an engrossing quest of humans reaching out to other human that had me thinking about our own times and inabilities to cross certain culture borders. The plot line reflects the future reality of mankind so clearly that I found myself getting emotional when the spoilers and the greedy are introduced. Why does mankind have to suffer these fools? Matter of Resistance is a story for those who demand a thoughtful flight of fancy that’s firmly rooted in the human story.The author Ray Vogel is obviously seasoned, confident, and knowledgeable. I should also mention that the cover art was great. It excited my imagination and set the stage for an engrossing tale.Oliver F. ChaseAuthor of Marsh IslandHirebomber Crime Series

  • Tuan Ho
    2019-05-29 10:45

    This was an enjoyable and easy read for all ages.The characters aren't exactly one dimensional nor are they boring, but they don't really stand out. They're all a bit on the bland side, like eating a salad without any dressing.But what makes up for this is the fairly fast-paced plot. It's like watching a great chess match, or a tennis match. It's fun watching the main characters try to one-up each other while the fate of the world is at hand.And the ending is great! It's genuinely awe-inspiring.Overall, a good read.

  • J.S. Rowan
    2019-05-29 18:36

    I am picky about the Sci-Fi that I like, so for me to give a good rating is unusual. I am a fan of both Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. While reading this book I tried to decide whose writing style the author most called to mind. I couldn't decide because the author borrows from the best of each style. However, what I did decide is that this is an excellent book that should be read. So get it, read it; you will like it.

  • Cindelu
    2019-05-28 10:26

    I won this book on Goodreads.I enjoyed the characters, especially the Marsians for their work ethic and attitudes. Issac is awesome.I was totally ashamed of the EarthicansI was happy that I could understand most of the technical jargon and what was going on.I absolutely loved the ending and said, "yes!" when I read it.Hope there is a sequel.I'm passing this one on to my husband.

  • Sorin Suciu
    2019-05-30 11:48

    This captivating story bears the unmistakable mark of an instant SF classic, in that the science (while as solid as you would expect from a friggin rocket scientist) is merely a backdrop for a fascinating introspection into human nature. Matter of Resistance might not cure your Asimov or Clarke nostalgia, but it will certainly infect you with the Vogel virus. There, you have been warned.

  • Michael
    2019-06-15 17:26

    Per the publisher's instructions, "I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review." I first encountered this book through Goodreads’ giveaways. It was written in the tradition of Ender’s Game, so I figured it was worth a shot. The author, Mr. Vogel, contacted me about this opportunity of getting a copy in exchange for a review, which I gladly accepted.Basic summary of review:The book was a very quick read, and for readers who don’t care about originality or quality but like a fast, easy-to-finish book, this will fulfill that desire.The writing feels too formal, too technical. The characters are all static characters, are not believable, are not realistic, have little individuality and no true emotions, and give readers little reason to be sympathetic with them. The plot progression and scientific discoveries accelerate far faster than anything capable by humans, and the plot is laid out in a logical progression, with little depth or subtlety. The basic ideal behind the story is the conflict between Utopia (Mars) and Dystopia (Earth). Breakdown:When I read all the praise for the book, I noticed that most of the reviewers had scientific affiliations. So at least I can trust the science to be plausible. However, my mind sent off a warning flag and asked “What do these people know about storytelling? How are they trustworthy sources for the quality of the story, of the plot, the characters?” The only reviewer who was an author is someone I’ve never heard of before this book, and know next to nothing about. Another flag: “What does this person know about writing well? Just because they can write doesn’t mean they can write quality, or identify it in others’ writings.” And then the book itself is marketed as being written in the tradition of Ender’s Game, which sent off a third flag. A book should be able to stand on its own, and not depend upon its predecessor for strength. That doesn’t mean resemblances or influences can’t be pointed out, but they shouldn’t be the foundation, defense, and excuse for a story, all rolled into one.With all that in mind, I started reading the book cautiously and guardedly. My initial impression of the writing itself was that Mr. Vogel had not put enough space and time between himself and his days of technical writing. This suspicion was confirmed when I arrived at the bio in the back of the book, which says “’Matter of Resistance’ was first written in 2007 while Raymond was working as a Systems Engineer on the NASA Orion Program.” But then it goes on to say “the book has been rewritten in its entirety (while keeping the plot virtually unaltered) to reflect several years of learning from great writers.” The prose reflects more of what I’d expect before such a revision than after it. The prose isn’t riddled with grammatical errors (although there are a few), but it’s still so precise, so formal, so unengaging and distant. At times, especially in the beginning of the book, it felt wordy, and many times I found myself pointing out a simple one-word replacement for an entire phrase or segment of a sentence because words could have easily been used more efficiently. The dialogue was the same way. Very rarely did the Martians (the derogatory term for the humans on Mars) use contractions. Oh the agony! I missed contractions so much that I rejoiced whenever a character used one, small victory though it be. The Earthicans (Earth humans) used contractions more frequently than the Marsians (non-derogatory term for the Mars dwellers), but even so that dialogue often felt scripted and flat. The lack of contractions left the dialogue feeling extremely formal, even in the most mundane of circumstances. The characters were unoriginal, and rarely showed any personality. And for those who found the advanced intellect of the children in Ender’s Game difficult to accept, this book would have received a good chucking by the very first page. Isaac, the main “smart child” of the story, is given the same level of intellect as he’ll have throughout the entire book. The only “development” he receives is biological growth and the acquisition of knowledge. But he doesn’t grow. The only time he showed any personality was when he dragged a metal crate across the ground to create a dramatic entrance and garner the crowd’s attention. The only other “smart child” that showed any differentiation from the others besides name and gender was Mard, a child smarter than Isaac but who preferred to be in Isaac’s shadow, so to speak. It was Mard’s quietness and intentional submissiveness that made Mard stand out beyond the intellectual clones of Isaac. But the emotions of all the characters, Earthican and Martian alike, were pretty much stated facts and logical conclusions. Something bad happened? They feel mad, if that’s what they’re supposed to feel, or else they feel sad, if that’s what’s required. All of the emotions logically followed, and never just happened. There was no humanity in them! The Martians especially were no longer human, lacking the ability to contain true emotions, emotions that didn’t need to have a logical underpinning to exist. When I nearing the end, I came across the question: “Why did he need to overcome reason?” In context, it felt slightly out of place, because it felt like the author was finally asking himself what he’d needed to the entire time. It was what I’d been seeing the entire time. Both the author and all the characters needed to overcome reason to regain their humanity, their believability, their realness. But they never did. The scientific discoveries happened far too fast for even the smartest of beings. Now, I understand that the Martians are supposed to have highly evolved due to growing up on another planet (a premise that wasn’t fully justified in the book), but even then, discoveries were just too perfect. If they didn’t take approximately one to three days to complete, then they took six months or so, with time jumps in the story related only by a sentence like this one letting the reader know time had shifted. There was no struggle, no roadblocks, no difficulties. So somehow these hyper-intelligent people either took forever to complete something, or it happened with a snap of the fingers. And the only mistake ever made by the Martians (scientifically speaking) was miscalculating by an order of magnitude, one of the most basic mistakes. The Martian political system is completely undoable by human beings. The basic philosophic underpinning of their system is synthesis, presenting all ideas and then collectively agreeing on the best solution. No matter how advanced or intelligent humans become, that kind of a system just is not feasible. But the relative lack of troubles, the political and social unity, and the relative well-being of all the Martians led me to realize early on that Mars is portrayed as a Utopia in this book, a place of growth, happiness, and advancement that we’ll never be able to achieve on Earth. And it is the jealousy of the elite of Earth that threatens this Utopia. Earth is the antithesis, the reality standing in the way of such a Utopian existence. The problem with any Utopia is that, so long as humans are human, Utopia is an impossibility. The book justifies its Utopia by making its humans no longer human. However, the entire story is implausible because none of the humans in the story are human. It’s just the evil humans, the Earthicans responsible for the war against Mars, versus the pure humans, the Martians. I’m not a fan of using the word ‘potential.’ It has a very negative connotation for me. When it’s being used, either someone’s not living up to expectations (You’ve got so much potential as a good sports player! You’ve got such potential to make good grades!) or they’ve miserably failed (You had so much potential to do good, and you threw it away when you broke that law). Typically both of those connotations come in tandem, as with the grades example: a student just failed a test, and the teacher says that the student is smart and can do better. So conscientiously I use the word potential to describe this story. It had such potential. It could have been so much better. The plot wasn’t bad, just poorly presented. The characters could have been so much deeper, but they weren’t. The conflict could have been so much more intense, more dramatic, more engaging, but it wasn’t. The author does have a lot of room to grow, and did show the occasional sign of being capable of better. There is some potential, but he must learns from the mistakes of today to benefit tomorrow.Spoiler:The end of the book displays the symbolic nature of Utopia, in that Mars becomes a vanishing Eden, an extraterrestrial Paradise Island that disappears if ‘real’ humans get too close. To protect themselves, the Martians literally disappear, taking their planet, and their Utopia, with them. I almost felt like a child reading Dinotopia again when the International Transport ships were mentioned, because those ships reminded me of the dolphins that would bring shipwrecked humans to the island of Dinotopia.

  • Anthony
    2019-06-17 13:48

    A Marsian child is born against the backdrop of a war between Earth and Mars. Marsians refer to themselves as such because “Martian” is a bit of a loaded term for the human settlers of the red planet. The war stems from the strained relationships caused by political differences and the limited availability of Magnematter, a valuable, enigmatic Marsian resource. Earth’s war effort appears to be spearheaded by megalomaniacal corporations that may have usurped traditional government. The stakes and tension build over the course of more than a dozen years as the young Marsian, Isaac Raleigh, matures into a generational leader, while Earth and Mars race to develop the necessary means to accomplish their ends.This story was originally billed to me as YA (young adult) sci-fi. While it handily fills those shoes (gloves?), I feel the YA label does it a disservice. To be sure, Matter of Resistance is a champion of youth, and provides valuable messages for young readers. Jimmy Kimmel recently called YA fiction, “fiction that people actually read.” YA suggests something indulgent. Matter of Resistance is enjoyable, but it is not indulgent. It combines compelling human characters, emotional and moral complexity, and some credible scientific postulation to boot.I mentioned that Resistance is a champion of youth. In fact, the story is predicated on the idea that each new generation is meant to surpass the one that came before. Vogel even goes as far to suggest that on Mars, each generation experiences an exponential growth in intellectual capacity, due to Mars’ lesser gravity allowing humanity to evolve in ways that were impossible on Earth. This idea is represented by young Isaac, who, even as a newborn, seemed to have an uncanny awareness for the world around him and quickly grows into a charismatic leader of the Marsian masses. As the conflict escalates, it’s up to the tween-aged Marsian crowd to develop the technology needed to fend off Earth’s military forces. Vogel’s story urges us never to forget that the future is bound to end up in the hands of the younger generation and it would be unwise to forget that generation’s importance.Vogel shows the ability to craft fine dramatic sequences. In one climactic chapter, the oligarchic Marsian council takes steps toward accomplishing a planet-wide togetherness (how quaint!). Just as things are at their rosiest, the colony is blindsided by the death and destruction of an Earthican attack. This happens near the mid-point of the novel and the rest of the story is gripping enough to leave you hoping for the best but expecting the worst as you thumb the remaining pages.The Marsians are a truly impressive conception. Like Tolkien’s elves, it is clear that Vogel has a great love for his ideal beings. While the elves make for a good literary comparison, Vogel’s Marsians bear strong resemblance to Gene Roddenberry’s beloved Vulcans. They have a passion for logic and learn from an early age that emotion can only cloud objectivity. They learn these traits from an early age and quickly develop beyond the capabilities of even their parents. This suggestion is supported by the fact that only Isaac’s generation of Marsians get much of Vogel’s ink, even in the face of interplanetary war.The Marsians speak very properly. I admit that in the early sections, I was not prepared for the the drawn-out manner of Marsian speech. It actually seemed to hurt the pacing at times. However, when Isaac comes face-to-face with Earth’s Major Arrechiga (screen-to-screen, that is), who speaks in contractions, it all pays off and helps illustrate fundamental differences between the two societies.As a 162 page e-book, or 318 in paperback, Matter of Resistance is a pretty quick read. A morsel. That said, I feel Vogel’s debut effort makes a big impression and has the heft of a classic. Being a fan of Robert A. Heinlein, I’ve noticed parallels. If Heinlein were a chef, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was the four-course meal, I would have no problem with Matter of Resistance being served afterward as a kind of Heinleinian dessert. This may be Vogel’s first novel, but we already know he can combine imaginative speculation with cunning sociological observations that evoke the late, great “Dean” of science fiction writers.

  • Ky Grabowski
    2019-06-14 16:50

    Book Review BeginningMatter of Resistance by Raymond Vogel, it is a young adult, sc-fi book. It was published by AEC Stellar Publishing. ISBN - 0989312836The BookThe science fiction imagining of a former rocket scientist, "Matter of Resistance" pushes technology and human nature to the limits as it chronicles our Mars settlement's struggle for independence from Earth. Though it was written for young adults, it's received high praise and recommendations from top minds in science, aerospace, and defense. What The Experts Are Saying: MARK CANTRELL, PhD, NASA Orion Materials and Processes, Senior Staff: "A really interesting story that examines space travel within the possibilities of today's technology and in the context of natural human drives. I loved this story. I recommend it." COLONEL ROSS NUNN, USAF Retired; former Commander of the Air Force Astronautics Lab; early proponent of antimatter and fusion-based propulsion research: "Picked up the book to read the first chapter - didn't put it down until I finished the entire book. Captivating, suspense-filled reading, beginning to end." SORIN SUCIU, author of the laugh-out-loud contemporary fantasy, "The Scriptlings" (2013): "This captivating story bears the unmistakable mark of an instant SF classic, in that the science (while as solid as you would expect from a friggin rocket scientist) is merely a backdrop for a fascinating introspection into human nature. "Matter of Resistance" might not cure your Asimov or Clarke nostalgia, but it will certainly infect you with the Vogel virus. There, you have been warned.The CharactersThe characters are great; they range from young to adult. The intelligence each character holds was an interesting touch. Each brought their own style and dialogue to the story.Opinion / recommendationOverall this book was an enjoyable read. It was completely out of my normal genre of reading. I was unsure and often had to re-read things because of the writing style but none the less it was fresh, fun and seriously intelligent. I felt smart reading it and to me, Matter of Resistance is full of class. I love the interaction between the two male leads, the young children. They are really wise beyond their years and we learn why in the book. It was different; I was both sad and excited about that twist. I do recommend this book to read, it’s very organized, detailed writing and some very appealing twists. It’s not usually something I would have read but it was worth a read. Raymond has a clear understanding of how to make his work readable and still proceed with a very bright, stylish take. If your into a longer read, want to sit back and dive into a good story – then this is for you.It’s got science, it’s got adorable kids, and we’re on planet – and it’s not earth. Raymond really took us out of this world and into another. Enjoy!

  • Ashley
    2019-05-19 14:41

    In comparison to another sci-fi I've read around the Mars and Earth life topic, this book came out suffering somewhat.It has to be taken into account that this is Raymond's first novel and written in 2007 (published 2011). So from that point of view I'd say this book is heading in the right direction, and maybe some of his later works would satisfy me more.But for the most part, the characters felt emotionless. I couldn't get a clear feel for their personalities. Understandably people can be smart at all times but the relentlessness of the constantly formal greetings - especially from characters aged 3-12 years old - was a little difficult to swallow. Even with Robert, the man who felt the most thought out, has hardly anything going on outside of the events of the book.I liked the premise of the whole Marsian's naturally speeding through the evolution process with each generation gone by. But I feel like a more emotional attachment to the characters and their lives/thoughts could've made them more relatable/entertaining.The dialogue. God fucking god I haven't read anything so stiff since mockingly reading a page of 50 shades of grey (pun unintentionally intended). This sci fi was set in the future and I'm all about holograms and space travel and new technologies. But for the most part none of these advances were explored. Merely a mention of 'gen' ing food. No how, no do. It just gets mentioned which really irritated me, it would've been great to see the innovations in this book elaborated upon and more thoroughly explored.In saying all that I still think this is a good first book and I'd be open to picking up Raymond's newer stuff. I especially like the end chapter, because it brought back Isaac's sass and the youthful charisma of his other friends as they'd been in the beginning of the book as toddlers.

  • K
    2019-06-18 16:45

    I don't read young adult science fiction much, so I know I'm not the right audience. I think it takes some level of technical or scientific interest to really get into. That said, I was surprised to find that it drew me in right away. It was very well written and well-paced. Isaac, the main character, is surprising and unpredictable, extremely intelligent, wise and yet humble - a model for society.The plot: Basically, humans have been able to successfully inhabit Mars. Several years have passed and the colony on Mars is now thriving economically, politically, and in numbers. The powers that be on Earth do not like their success and are doing everything in their power to bring the new colony and its resources under their control.What I didn't like: Robert, the secondary character, seemed to develop into a much stronger person than I expected from how he was introduced. There were also a handful of acronyms used, which, at first, I had a hard time following.What I liked: I liked the unexpected creativity, the surprise ending (it was foreshadowed, but I couldn't figure it out myself). Overall, I thought it was intriguing and thought provoking, drawing me back to it as the book developed to bring my imagination in line with the story line. For the last fourth of the book, I could hardly put it down.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Shen Hart
    2019-06-14 15:44

    We received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review to be posted on The Review Hart. Matter of Resistance is a good book. Problematically, it is also an aggressively dull book. It forces one to ask what one is looking for in a novel. If you want an unpredictable plot, quick action, or what might be called commercial-fiction pacing, you will be gravely disappointed. If you want hard sci-fi, you will be gravely disappointed. If you want good characters… that’s going to depend heavily on your definition of ‘good’. However, if you want a developed world and an engaging concept, and you aren’t overly worried about the fun side of fiction, you’re probably in the right place.Not a bad book, but its intelligence only mostly makes up for its failings as a work of fiction.The bottom line is, this is a book that is very possibly worth reading if the concept of military philosophy appeals to you enough to read something that’s firmly in that scope. It’s dry, but readable, and what it has to say bears noting. Maybe pick it up, read it for what it is, and walk away feeling just a little bit edified. Full Review Available Here

  • Brandon Breedt
    2019-06-07 16:41

    Did not want to put it down…It might be a cliché, but it’s nonetheless true. I have been looking for a good colonization fiction ever since I read the Catteni Sequence by Anne McCaffrey, and I finally found it. I made the mistake of starting it early one morning before work, and could barely concentrate on the work for want of knowing what happens next.Looking through lists on Goodreads, I found this book highly rated, and thought to give it a try. I enjoyed it from cover to cover, and the only criticism is that there is no sequel (yet?).I thought the characters were very well developed, and I enjoyed the fresh ideas explored in the book. The fact that both main characters could realise when they did something wrong was handled well, and I only hope to be that wise myself.Finally, I can only hope that when Earth finally has a colony on Mars, it would treat it better than it did in this book, for just maybe they might be smarter than us, and we end up on the losing side.Other than that, I recommend you start reading when you’ve got a lot of time, and enjoy.

  • Rick Polad
    2019-06-04 13:36

    I am a mystery guy, the author of Change of Address , so science fiction is out of my book zone. I am also a scientist, so am skeptical about this genre. So, I started reading with an open mind, not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised on several fronts. Matter of Resistance is well-written (I would not have kept reading otherwise) with interesting characters, and has a suspenseful plot that had me choosing sides and turning the page. Humans on Earth are set against humans on Mars in a political and armed battle of power and egos - nothing new there, unfortunately for us. So, I was fully expecting the bombs, in the form of new weaponry, to start flying in the end. Then came the surprise ending, which I loved! Raymond Vogel blends science with science fiction to create an enjoyable read that will make you think about how we humans deal with problems. This should be a required book for politicians! Requisite caveat: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Val Vogel
    2019-06-13 17:48

    Matter of Resistance captured my imagination with colonization of Mars and the possibilities of human evolution in the lighter gravity. Similar to Ender's Game in it's child-prodigies, and the schemes and manipulations of adults and "Big Business", it is great to see the triumph of new thinking and smart thinking, in my opinion! As a "FIRST NOVEL", it is exciting to see such creativity from this former "rocket scientist".

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    2019-06-03 10:25

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    2019-05-25 12:47