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Revived corpsicle Jaybee Corbell barely gets a glimpse of the dystopian 23rd centry before being trained (via RNA injections) as a Buzzard ramjet pilot and sent into deep space to spend the rest of his new life alone in the void. After he hijacks the ship in protest, one of his former captors has his personality beamed into the ship's computer and engineers their return to earth -- via a black hole that adds 3 million (objective) years to the trip. The Earth to which they return is drastically changed, and in imminent danger of being destroyed by a gas giant with a mysteriously skewed orbit...
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Time Travel:    -   largely forwards/future Explore:    -   preventing/surviving an ecological disaster Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   cure/disease/bioweapon Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Who's a slave/repressed?    -   humans are slaves of other humans

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   long lived adults


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Desert    -   Forests    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit    -   Space, need spacesuit    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century    -   distant future Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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