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In the near future, American politicians sell out and go Communist. A century later, in a desperate effort to save the ASSR from total economic collapse, the commissars send two ancient space shuttles to a promising asteroid. The American Soviets aren't the first to get there: the place is already home to many races of aliens, all of whom are capitalist anarchs. Each American must, in his or her turn, decide to be free or choose to remain a slave of the world communist state.
The review of this Book prepared by Brian R. Hughes








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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 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s) Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms 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

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   long lived adults

Setting

Terrain    -   Forests    -   Space, need spacesuit    -   Asteroid Spaceship setting:    -   primative (present, near future) human spaceship    -   alien spaceship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   licking    -   use of artificial tools    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   descript. of non-breast female anat.    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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