565 pages

English language

Published July 26, 1998 by DAW Books, Distributed by Penguin Putnam.

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This "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year explores the second age of space colonization, when one of Earth's first colonies has restored humanity at a high price—a monopoly over all human commerce. When a satellite is attacked by corporate raiders, a woman flees to a ship bound for the Up-and-Out and is about to discover a secret the universe may not be ready to face.

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  • Space colonies -- Fiction.