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Orbital Decay
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Orbital Decay

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Author: Allen Steele
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media, 2013
Legend, 1990
Ace Books, 1989
Series: Near Space: Book 1
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Hard SF
Near-Future
Space Opera
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Winner of the Locus Best First Novel Award

Popeye Hooker knows that space isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A former fisherman who takes a job building low orbital stations to escape a failed relationship, he finds that in space, construction work is still a grind. And when they aren’t building the space stations that will usher humanity into the stars, Sam Sloane and the rest of the beamjacks get high, blast the Grateful Dead, and stare through telescopes at the world they left behind. But life in orbit is about to get much more interesting.

Nestled among the life support equipment that keeps them alive and the entertainment systems that keep them happy, the beamjacks find something astonishing. Turns out, their home isn’t just a space station — it’s a giant antenna designed to spy on every inhabitant of Earth. It’s the greatest privacy invasion ever perpetrated, and the beamjacks won’t stand for it.

They may not be pioneers, but these roughnecks are about to become revolutionaries.


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