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I first read this in 1993 and most recently on the 27th October 2002.
In a near future, the climate is wrecked, polar ice extends down through Dakota and the
citizens of American have given themselves over, in the name of conservation, to an
overbearing and pervasive government. Science has been rejected as elitist and technology as
destructive. The American government no longer supports the surviving space
stations and they struggle to continue with inadequate resources.
When two space pilots crash-land in North Dakota, the US government is after them. If caught
they'll face the full weight of the law, the space stations will be one step closer to
collapse, and the once-bright future of civilisation will dim a little more.
So it's left to an unlikely group of supporters to rescue the astronauts. And who is
this unlikely saviours? SF Fandom, of course. The fans themselves will rescue their
This is a book for SF fans, an excellent gift from Niven, Pournelle and Flynn. If
you read the fanzines, if you go to the conventions, if you buy "SF Reviews" T-shirts,
then maybe this book is for you.
However, if you're not one of these dedicated, committed fans, then it's a
sad, sad read: a potentially exciting novel ruined by an embarrassing cast of
Loaded on the 31st October 2002.