Friedman, C. S. This Alien Shore
New York D A W Books 1998 0886777984 / 9780886777982 Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Trade Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket
Illustrated by Whelan, Michael (cover)
564 pp., trade paperback, Uncorrected Proofs edition. Corners bumped, slight edge wear, a little soiling to bottom edge. An attractive copy.
"It is the second age of space colonization. The first age, humanity's initial attempt to people the stars, ended in disaster when it was discovered that Earth's original super-luminal drive did lasting genetic damage to all who used it - permanently mutating Earth's far-flung colonists in mind and body.
Abandoned by their home planet, exiles in alien star systems, these Variant humans had no choice but to survive any way they could.
"Now, one of Earth's first colonies - a world called Guera - has given humanity back the stars. But the new Outships can only be piloted by members of Guera's Outspace Guild, whose mysterious abilities allow them to monopolize galactic transportation, giving them control over all human commerce.
"Powerful companies from dozens of planets have tried to learn the secrets of the Guild, hoping to break the monopoly and topple Guera's stranglehold on the stars. One of Guera's opponents has even launched a potentially deadly computer virus which could threaten the stability of humanity's interplanetary computer-linked civilization. For to unseat the Guild could open the way to incalculable riches, and would be worth any risk. . . "; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall