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Cross the Mighty Ocean

Exiles to Glory

By Jerry Pournelle  

2 Sep, 2018

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


Jerry Pournelle’s 1978 Exiles to Glory is a young-adult SF novel. It is set in the same universe as the Laurie Jo Hansen stories (after Consort” but well before Tinker”).

Although born a welfare parasite, Kevin Senecal has resisted the call of drugs and welfare-state-subsidized indolence. His engineering degree is within grasp. With degree in hand, he can stride into the life of desperation that is every decent, clean American’s birthright. That is, if he can convince the Umbridge-like bureaucrats who rule the university to let him graduate. 

His academic status becomes… academic when Kevin is ambushed by filthy welfare barbarians determined to burn him alive. Kevin escapes with his life, badly injuring one gang member and killing another in the process. Now the gang is determined to kill Kevin. They do kill both of his cats. 

A cop warns Kevin off; it’s no use to appeal to the police. Kevin would only be charged and convicted of assaulting and killing minors. Too white and hard-working to expect a fair trial, Kevin takes the only other option open to him: he heads into space. 

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The Wish I Wish Tonight

Nemesis Games  (The Expanse, volume 5)

By James S. A. Corey  

1 Sep, 2018

An Expanse of Coreys


2015’s Nemesis Games is the fifth volume in James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series. 

Back in the Solar System after dealing with an extrasolar diplomatic crisis, James Holden bows to the inevitable. His much battered ship Rocinante is in desperate need of repairs. With Rocinante in dry dock, what better time to give his loyal crew shore leave? 

Holden is ignoring the first rule of adventuring: never split the party1.

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