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Downbelow Station (Alliance-Union Universe)
Downbelow Station - Alliance-Union Universe
Author: C. J. Cherryh
Pell's Star occupied the central spot in the coming conflict between Earth's tired stellar empire id the tough onslaught of its rebellious colonies. Whoever controlled Pell's Downbelow station held the key to Earth's defensive perimeter -- or the jumping off point for a Terrestrial offensive to regain the lost empire. But Pell ha...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780879975944
ISBN-10: 0879975946
Publication Date: 2/3/1981
Pages: 432
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Publisher: DAW
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Downbelow Station showcases Cherry's inarguable talent for complex but understandable geopolitical plots, many-layered characterization, and truly alien cultures that humans are never really going to fully understand. There are several sides to the conflict here: The Company, now in charge of an isolationist Earth; the Fleet, once the enforcement arm of the Company but now pretty much independent; Union, formed out of the farther worlds of the Beyond and possessed of a new psychological style completely foreign to Earth; Pell, a station circling a planet which circles Tau Ceti, and which only wants to left alone; and the free Merchanters, making a living hauling goods between the worlds and the stations. Pell is a civilized republic in the best tradition, but they're about to lose all that.
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