|Dark Side of the Sun, the (1976) [Novel]|
by Terry Pratchett
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: the science of foretelling the future.
For Dom Sabalos, heir to an immensely rich family, it's forecasts were curiously contradictory: he would be assassinated, and after that, find the fabulous, almost mythical, world of the Jokers, who were only known by a few incredible artifacts scattered throughout the Galaxy.
Any good P-Mathematician could find out this information. Somebody certainly wanted to prove P-Math wrong as far as Dom was concerned, and make sure that once he was dead, he stayed dead. A robot assassin, with built-in `luck', had been put on his tail, but what was it that protected Dom every time the assassin struck?
To be sure, he had an excellent robot servant, Isaac; (class 5 with Man-Friday subcircuitry),. a planet (the First Syrian Bank) as a god-father, a determined and protective grandmother (who looked as if she had been born aged eighty), a security chief who even ran checks on himself, and a home world, where a missing hand was only a minor mishap and even death was not always fatal.
But what protected Dom on his search for the world which he knew lay on the dark side of the sun?
Original title: The Dark Side of the Sun
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Humorous, Parody and Comedy