Dust Jacket Blurb
Our hero is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mars, in the 35th Century. He witnesses a terrorist act, and gets caught up in a mission to save half a billion people, taking him and his friends all over the solar system. Along the way, he visits a variety of spaceships and stations, and learns about robotics, genealogy, mining, epidemiology, cryptography and bomb making.
In the 35th Century, warfare, disease and famine are still with us. Humanity is exploding toward the stars, in all directions. Each colony is a grand social and biological experiment, with the highest of stakes.
The characters are complex and interesting! They express their opinions on education, politics, science, history and morality. The heroes risk their lives for a great cause, and not all survive.
This is a “hard” science fiction novel. There are a lot of technical details. It is based on the theory that many fans of science fiction are interested in science. This is not “Twilight Zone” science fiction, in which strange things happen to people for no reason. There are no dragons, magic spells, or spaceships traveling at warp speed.
It is as much a description of what it might be like to live in the 35th Century as it is a story about some guy and his girlfriend in a spaceship. There is a great deal of technical description, as well as social commentary. Also, plenty of action and adventure!