Banned to a remote outlying planet thought devoid of anything useful, Charles finds it surprising comfortable and the people agreeable. They are as unmotivated to seek material success as he is. That Home World has basically written both he and the planet off as worthless makes life sweet. The unexpected arrival of a colleague who feels the need to redeem himself threatens everything.
When Amanda Murphy accepted the command of a new spaceship that would test Earth’s revolutionary new propulsion system, she didn't bother to ask why she was selected. Until, that is, she learned that her new command would be totally under the control of a computer. The ship moves too fast for human control--what happens if something goes wrong?
When remote-controlled aircraft begin behaving erratically, even crashing, there is only one logical explanation – aliens have taken over the planet's fast-food industry to carry out research about humans. Their research methodology interferes with remote-control frequencies. Since they won't stop, this means war.