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Quaddies (four-armed humans, engineered for suitability to free fall) are used in a space station. An engineer is sent to teach them welding. While he has qualms about their utter subservience to the corporation, he accepts the situation--until he finds out that they've become "obsolete." He sets out to save them, illegally.
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Leo Graf is just an ordinary welding engineer, working for a big corporation, until he's assigned to the Cay Project. Turns out the Cay Project is genetically engineering the perfect spacestation workers - Quaddies, who are biologically suited for zero gravity, and who have four arms/hands and no legs. But when a technological advance renders the Quaddies useless and the project is terminated, the corporation decides to terminates the Quaddies along with it. Unless Leo can stop them...
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Who's a slave/repressed?    -   humans are slaves of other humans

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit Spaceship setting:    -   a space station    -   really, really giant spaceship/station Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   major character becomes a sex slave    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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