Black Star Rising Author:Frederik Pohl Del Rey Books (c) 1985 — Publication date September 1987 — When a mysterious alien spacecraft approaches Earth and demands to speak with the President of the United Sates, then destroys a large Pacific island to demonstrate its strength and underscore its seriousness, you would expect the President to talk. — Problem is, in the late twenty-first ce... more »ntury, there is no President - not even a United States. In fact, in this world of the future, China rules the Americas; and, to most people, ?USA? and USSR? are just quaint abbreviations in historical dictionaries.
Then the aliens prove unreasonable about accepting substitutes? so one Anglo rice-cultivator from the Heavenly Grain Collective Farm - near Biloxi, Mississippi - is forced to begin an adventure that will take from peasant to President, from Pettyman to Spaceman.« less