The bald and wrinkled head wobbled a bit on the thin neck, and his
eyes were moist. Abravanel was a very old man. Looking at him, Neel
realized for the first time just how old and close to death he was. It was a
profoundly shocking thought.
"Pardon me, sir," Neel broke in, "but is it possible? To lose a planet, I
mean. If the readings are done correctly, and the k-factor equations
worked to the tenth decimal place, then it's really just a matter of adjustment,
making the indicated corrections. After all, Societics is an exact