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In the future, baseball will have its heroes. But where men compete, there will always be those who cheat at the game. And when history judges them, their names will be marked by the baseball equivalent of a scarlet letter. Their names will be marked with an asterisk.

In the year 2086, the world is a different place. Cars run high above the ground with the help of electromagnetism. The political boundaries of the world have been reshaped by war. Much of California has been lost to an asteroid strike and life has been discovered elsewhere in the universe.

The world of the future is fantastically different, but the game of baseball remains largely unchanged.

At Fenway Park in Boston, an elderly man shares with his grandson the joy of the game's history. Unfortunately, baseball has been marred by cheaters and scandals. As scientific advances have come faster and faster, so have man's abilities and desires to cheat.

"Asterisk" is the story of Abraham Noble, one of the greatest hitters of all time who nearly brought about the end of the sport. It is the story of baseball icons and of the human frailties that threaten the game.

Find out how complex science like dark matter will affect America's most beloved pastime. Find out how the game will be played and how the Red Sox will fare as knowledge and progress rocket humankind into the future.

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