By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Michael Flynn

Reeling lower than a brand new ice age, the lunatic edge of the environmental stream controls the USA executive. deserted by way of Earth, the distance colonies refill their air via scoop-ships diving into the ambience - yet Alex and Gordon's send used to be hit through a missile, and they're now sought after useless or alive.

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