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Privateers (Grand Tour of the Universe, Prequel)
Privateers - Grand Tour of the Universe, Prequel
Author: Ben Bova
America Has Ceded The Heavens To The Tyrants -- And The Renegades. — The U.S. has abandoned its quest for the stars, and an old enemy has moved in to fill the void. The potential wealth of the universe is now in malevolent hands. Rebel billionaire Dan Randolph -- possessor of the largest privately owned company in space -- intends to weaken the s...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812532234
ISBN-10: 0812532236
Publication Date: 6/1986
Pages: 383
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Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Interestingly, for a book called Privateers, privateering is a very small part of this book. The majority of the book is about the political and business movements of the space programs of Third World nations under the thumb of the Soviet Union. As this book was written in the 1980s, the premise that the Soviet Union won the Cold War changes this book from pure science fiction to alternate history. About 2/3 the book takes place in situations not too different from the world as it is (business meetings, romantic assignations, playing politics at parties) with only a 1/3 being science fiction as in space stations and lunar bases so this book is more of a thriller than hard sci-fi.