Lucky Gorseman

A river divides the campus now as ever, not equally, but so utterly that a citylike distinction can’t be helped: East Side, West Side. The East Side is philosophy and English and art and music and no decent places to drink. This is my side. I live here in an 8-plex with a Russian poet I met the day I moved in and haven’t seen since. He’s got an American girlfriend on the West Side, the Russian poet does, so I don’t take it personally. In fact everything good is over there: pizza, beer, dancing, undergrads, all the hard sciences. The West Side, some say, is the Best Side. But those who say it lack perspective, I think—or information. Certainly memory: few of them were here sixteen years ago; many were barely walking. Safe to say I’m the only one who was eleven and had a father who was on a hit-list but who, by the sheerest, dumbest luck imaginable, lived.

Dad had been big in Canada for his work with comets, but what the Americans loved about him was his software. This was back in the day, when a computer was something. He taught himself code and wrote a program that, properly installed, would predict the trajectories of all the known large-body objects, or LBOs, of the solar system for the next 5,000 years, including (this was the juicy part) any potential Earth collisions. His impact scenarios were

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Dirt Men 1
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  • Things Go Missing 33
  • Antlerless Hunt 53
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