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VIDEO: Kevin Durant and LeBron James staged a classic showdown last season
KD or LeBron for MVP? State your case.
Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: Right now, Kevin Durant. That doesn’t mean I don’t think LeBron James still is the best player in the NBA. But that’s not what the MVP necessarily honors. It’s a mix of general greatness, a sense of who had the “best” season and a weighing of several messy intangibles like relative strength of teammates and a guess at a team’s fate if the MVP candidate weren’t, y’know, ever born. I saw…
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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The season is only 55 percent complete, so it’s way too early to make any kind of call in the MVP race. By leading the Oklahoma City Thunder on an eight-game winning streak without co-star Russell Westbrook and going on a ridiculous scoring binge along the way, Kevin Durant has seemingly taken the lead over LeBron James.
But this is the time of year when James led the Miami Heat to 27 straight wins last season, a streak that included a win in Oklahoma City. Head-to-head matchups could linger in the minds of voters, and the Heat have won six straight games against the Thunder, going back to Game 2 of the 2012 Finals. They’ll look to make it seven in a row on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Miami, and will have another meeting right after the…
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(Uncredited cover for the 1959 edition)
Nominated for the 1959 Hugo Award for Best Novel
Robert Sheckley’s first novel Immortality, Inc. (variant title: Time Killer) (1958) has a somewhat checkered publication history. It was originally published by Avalon books under the title Immortality Delivered (1958) where it was abridged against Sheckley’s wishes. Unless you are a collector of the Avalon publication series I recommend procuring the complete 1959 Bantam Book edition with its gorgeous (and alas, uncredited) cover. Later editions were decked with rather unfortunate covers linking the book to the atrocious film Freejack (1992) (replete with Mick Jagger) which was supposedly influenced by Sheckley’s novel.
Thematically, Immortality, Inc concerns the societal ramifications of the important discovery that death is not the end of existence and nor does the Christian conception of the afterlife
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