Helliconia Winter Author:Brian W. Aldiss In the early twenty-second century, the Great Bust destroyed Earth's valiant attempts to colonize the solar system. Abandoned by a homeworld on the verge of ruin, the scientific team of Salii, a space station orbiting Mars, somehow managed to survive. So when Earth was pulled back from the brink of destruction by the creation of the UCN, the fir... more »st effective worldwide government, Salii, unlike the asteroid-based space station, Highland, refused to renew its allegiance to Earth. And while the UCN and the so-called Saliian "pirates" competed for the rapidly diminishing resources of the solar system, a new player suddenly joined the game: the alien T'Raijek, a three-sexed race far more technologically advanced than humankind.
Though the T'Raijek soon established embassies on Earth, Highland and Salii, no one was sure why they were there, what they truly wanted from the human race or what they might be willing to give in return. for the T'Raijek were still warring within their own clans over the advisability of dealing the the human "apes," and many deaths, both T'Raijek and human, would occur before the question was decided.
Holder Jemi Charidelis, owner and captain of a Highland tramp freighter, had never wanted anything to do with the plitics and intrigues of Salii, the UCn, or, for that matter, the myterious T'Raijek. She'd been perfectly content to haul cargo, traveling with her young son and her vivicate pilot Doni-a man brought back from death and serve on Highland, where manpower was woefully low since plague had devastated the station.
Then her 4-year-old son had dies in a freak accident on Highland, and within months of that terrible loss, Jemi's ship had been attacked and completely disabled. Badly injured herself, her vivicate destroyed, she'd been captured and released only after the powerful drugs her captors had used to question her had erased her last two years worth of memories. Jemi was suddenly very interested in what was going on in the greater universe.« less