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10:03 pm: Abandon in Place by Jerry Oltion
The library had this one, too, so I read it. Even with the occult bits, it's a much more serious book, and again has Oltion's anger against the dictatorial US.

Rick is a shuttle astronaut who's unhappy that the space program is going to stop. He's standing on the gantry for a shuttle that's being worked on when he sees a Saturn V appear on a deck that says "Abandon in Place." The Saturn V takes off and can be followed by radar and so forth until it gets to the point where a human would take over and then it disappears. It does that a few times more and then Rick insists on taking the next one up. He meets with the shuttle to pick up his girlfriend and another astronaut and they are able to land on the moon and start back with samples (yes, water at the poles!). But when Rick starts thinking the space program might get started again, the ship starts fading out.

They figure out that Rick's belief that the space program is dying is what's keeping the ship in metal and so the women make him feel negative. When they're back to the Earth, they land in the Pacific and are taken to a carrier where they are arrested and put in quarantine. The Army lets out that they have to be quarantined because they might have brought something back from the moon, even though Rick and others say we already know that's not possible. A group of scientists plus a magician start talking to them. The magician gets Rick to bend spoons with his mind.

The other astronaut goes to Japan with her ambassador and is back in quarantee. Rick and his girlfriend get put in a secured place in Hawaii where more people interrogate them and they are able to do much much more with their minds. The conclusion is that as long as a lot of people believe in them, they can use "quantum foam" to cause these things to happen.

Rick and girlfriend escape and are separated. He finds a radio guy and talks on the radio, telling the truth rather than what the US is telling. He realizes his girlfriend is being taken away somewhere he doesn't know and leads a cavalry of cars to find her. At this point, so many people know what's happening that they can't be taken again.

They decide to get married in a few days and there were lots of famous people there on the beach, including the president. Her wedding gift is a pardon and she requests that they come to visit her soon. Very soon. When they get there, they find out that she wants to start a new space program. They agree and when they get to the test area, there's Allen (Oltion admits he uses the character in different ways in the two books) to help them. They are able to make lunar modules with their minds and drop them on Mars. The president is very happy.

But over in Europe, a dictator is taking over many countries and they offer to help kill him. While at Heathrow, King Arthur appears, Excalibur and all. They find the dictator and try to drop bombs from their minds on him and in the end, they can only drop lunar modules on him. But lots of lunar modules work. Rick gets in a situation where he's in the afterlife but is brought back because of the belief of his wife and lots of people. They think they'd rather stop performing.

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