PSYCHEDELIC-40 was PSI-40, the drug that gave The Syndicate its power and the people their pleasure. The Syndicate was a group of Specials, ruthless men with super-intellects, who with PSI-40 could probe the minds of friend and foe alike - and even control lesser minds at will. The people lived for the joys of the vacation colonies where they played orgiastically with liquor, sex, and best of all, PSI-40, which brought them drugged dreams of impossible sensuality. Kemp Powell was a Special whose super-super-intellect didn't require PSI-40.
Climbing Olympus Mons put him on the map. Winning a gold medal in asteroid jumping got him great press. Children everywhere tune in to watch every time he skydives from a space station. But Suave Rob Suarez likes to aim high - really high. Together with his stunt partner and their childhood hero, he aims to stage the biggest daredevil stunt in the history of the universe.
The endless, unchanging world of tomorrow was governed by "General Rules of Conduct" and blessed by "Schedule" - twin gods that permitted no other god before them! The citizens of this world knew only perfection, for anything less would be blasphemy. One technician found the bonds of love and friendship stronger than the Laws passed down from eternity. The great gods of government had methods for curing such diseases. But on Cory, they didn't work!