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100 1 Narlikar, Jayant Vishnu,|d1938-|eauthor.
245 14 The return of Vaman :|ba scientific novel /|cJanyant V.
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505 0 Preface -- Part I Short Story: The Rare Idol of Ganesha --
Part II Novel: The Return of Vaman -- Part III: The
Science Behind the Fiction.
520 This collection of science fiction writings by Jayant V.
Narlikar offers readers a unique glimpse into the world-
famous Indian astrophysicist?s vivid and highly
imaginative concepts and stories. The fictional material
comprises a witty short story ("The rare idol of Ganesha")
that cleverly explores the possible consequences of a
mirror-symmetric individual in the context of cricket test
match performances, as well as the fast-paced, gripping
science fiction thriller "The return of Vaman": when an
alien container is unearthed by a crew of scientists, the
enormous potential technological applications of its
contents bring various criminal elements on the scene ?
but when the real danger becomes apparent it is almost too
late to save humanity. Last but not least, the book
provides readers with extensive insights into the genesis
and scientific background of the fictional material
presented in this volume, along with an autobiographical
account of the author?s life-long interest in science
fiction and his contributions to the genre. About the
author: Jayant V. Narlikar is internationally known for
his work in cosmology, in particular for championing
models alternative to the standard big-bang theory. He was
president of the cosmology commission of the International
Astronomical Union from 1994 to 1997. He has received
several national and international awards and honorary
doctorates - he is a Bhatnagar awardee, as well as
recipient of the M.P. Birla award, the Prix Janssen of the
French Astronomical Society and an Associate of the Royal
Astronomical Society of London. He is Fellow of the three
Indian national science academies as well as of the Third
World Academy of Sciences. Well beyond his scientific
research, Prof. Narlikar is widely known as a science
communicator through his books, articles, and radio/TV
programs and he was honored by the UNESCO in 1996 with the
Kalinga Award. He made his debut in science fiction
writing in 1974, by winning the top prize in the story
writing competition organized by the Marathi Vidnyan
Parishad, a non-governmental organization engaged in
science popularization. .
650 0 Extraterrestrial beings|vFiction.
650 0 Artificial intelligence|vFiction.
650 0 Vāmana (Hindu deity)|vFiction.
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