Three-time Prometheus Award winner Victor Koman (Millennium: Weeds), who sicced an assassin on God in The Jehovah Contract and imploded the abortion controversy in Solomon's Knife, brings us his epic novel of humanity's next stage of evolution: the jump into Space.
Tammy Reis, beautiful NASA Space Shuttle commander, works for the most highly funded, technologically advanced space program in the world. So why do nightmares of the Challenger disaster haunt her sleep? And why is NASA incapable of recapturing the stunning successes it once achieved?
Visionary spacecraft designer Gerry Cooper struggles at his tiny rocket company in the Mojave Desert. Who in the world wants him stopped -- or dead?
One-armed billionaire playboy Laurence Poubelle hopes to build his own orbital X-15. Can his keen marketing skills overcome a nation hostile to wealth and contemptuous of adventure?
Meanwhile, the horror of the Challenger tragedy threatens to repeat itself on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. Standing at ground zero, NASA engineer Jack Lundy races the countdown to prevent the deadliest space disaster of all.
While bureaucrats and businessmen publicly battle for the high ground, a young descendant of the legendary Davy Crockett secretly constructs a single-stage-to-orbit rocket deep inside an abandoned warehouse in the South Bronx. Will he and his NYU classmates survive when NORAD detects the launch that blows the lid off the greatest conspiracy in the history of mankind?
Tammy Reis -- stripped of her astronaut wings for defending herself against a congressman's zero-gravity rape -- is recruited by the National Security Agency to infiltrate the stronghold of a er-rich smuggler who schemes to place a massive space station into orbit with a single, spectacular launch. When she discovers the true nature of his secret plan, she faces an impossible choice between duty to her government or freedom from her -- and humanity's -- nightmare.
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New independent publishers dream of procuring the perfect book for their virgin launches. For Final Frontier Books, that dream became a reality when award-winning author Victor Koman's newest opus, Kings of the High Frontier, went from manuscript to published book in less than three months. When I first read Kings, I was stunningly overwhelmed and knew immediately that this was a book for the future, a perfect first book for my fledgling company. Between its covers you won't find aliens bent on conquering Earth, intergalactic warp-drive warfare, or lasers guns (well, OK, there is one laser, but you'll be surprised at how it's put to use). What you will find is a story of humanity, an epic of tomorrow, and a struggle against overwhelming odds that is happening today. It is a tale of dreams lost and regained; a tale of the importance of defending and promoting individual freedom in the face of oppressive forces that seek to choke the dreams of humanity. Quite simply, Kings of the High Frontier is a must-read novel for anyone who has contemplated Space and pondered how a free people might get there and stay there. With this book, Final Frontier Books learned how to fly. I am proud to have played a part in bringing Victor Koman's masterpiece to the public, and it is my dearest hope that Kings of the High Frontier will be the impetus that moves us into the 21st Century with one common goal: the free an unfettered exploration of the final frontier.
Kings of the High Frontier is available in two collector's editions, both with an important Afterword by award-winning and best-selling author Gregory Benford, Ph.D. The 1250 copy Limited Edition is signed and numbered by Victor Koman and includes a stunning dust jacket by Star Wars and X-Files artist Rob Prior (his first-ever book cover!). Pre-publication sales of this edition have exceeded expectations, so act fast. The Deluxe Edition, limited to 250 copies, is slipcased and bound in Kivar, signed by all three contributors, and includes a limited edition 22" x 18" full-color lithograph of the dust jacket art, limited to 500 prints, signed and numbered by Rob Prior.
Kings of the High Frontier has earned the highest praise, from Ray Bradbury to Gregory Benford, and has been displayed prominently at the World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore and DragonCon in Atlanta. I urge everyone to find out what the buzz is about, because Victor Koman doesn't pull any punches. While reading Kings, one cannot help but contemplate the current status of our moribund space program, and it is this fact that makes the novel shine. This stuff is happening today, my friends. This is not an idle dream, a fantasy of some far-off future. Kings of the High Frontier is now and will motivate you to seize back the reigns, look once again at the stars and shout: "Here We Come"...and mean it.From the Author:
(From his Prometheus Award acceptance speech, delivered in San Antonio, Texas, Labor day weekend, 1997) Kings of the High Frontier has been part of my life for as long as I have been a writer. When I was a kid, I marveled at the idea -- in Robert A. Heinlein's novels and such movies as Destination Moon and When Worlds Collide -- that private funding could get us into Space. As a child growing up with NASA's space program, I saw that it took a lot of people, facilities, and money to get one, two, or three men -- and I mean men -- into orbit or to the Moon. No families in Space, lost or otherwise.
There had to be a simpler way. Heinlein wouldn't have lied to me!
I stopped being a NASA fan when they canceled the Moon flights in December of 1972. And I became an enemy of NASA when Skylab -- a better space station than MIR would ever be -- was allowed to disintegrate into scrap.
I felt that I was not alone in this rage. I knew that there must have been others who loved Space but despised or even hated the space program. What if some of them, I thought, worked for NASA? What if they took their expertise with them into a sort of Space Underground? What if NASA tried to stop them? We've recently heard about the Mars Underground, but this idea occurred to me two decades ago.
In the summer of 1976, I started work on a novel entitled Hidden Millions. The title suggested the laundered money that might flow into such a venture, but also the millions of people in the counter-economy who might be involved knowingly or unknowingly in the effort.
Suffice it to say that my abilities as a writer back then were raw and I shelved the 80 pages of the manuscript to concentrate on projects more appropriate to my skills...
It was in 1985 that I began to research a novel called Huntress, but at that time The Jehovah Contract was about to be published in the US and I only made some mental notes.
Then Challenger fell. And you note that I say "fell" and not "exploded." As we now know, the tank ruptured, but the spacecraft was not incinerated.
Shock turned to sorrow and almost immediately to rage. The disaster had killed seven astronauts and destroyed one fourth of Earth's space fleet. I knew that -- by then -- the scales must have fallen from the eyes of others both outside and inside NASA. After a brief year's detour to write Solomon's Knife, I began on the Dante-esque journey that was Kings of the High Frontier. Six years of my life went into researching and writing the novel, and another four years spent in abortive attempts to find a "sci-fi" publisher who would deign to publish it. It was not until 1995 that the eminent author and fellow Prometheus Award winner J. Neil Schulman offered me a way out when he approached me with the idea of putting the novel on the World Wide Web.
He and I had been involved in a previous electronic publishing venture called SoftServ, which received some notice and mild success. It was only with the advent of the Web, though, that the full advantages of Paperless Bookstm became obvious.
It didn't matter to Pulpless (tm) that my novel was 228,000 words long. Neil didn't have to buy paper or glue or ink, or pay for typesetting, or arrange for warehousing or shipping. He wasn't concerned that I had several full-color illustrations -- he didn't have to shoot plates or pay for color printing. He simply had to come up with a way to allow people to buy a copy of the book over the Internet and receive it immediately. And the proof that he did is in my hands in the form of this award.
With Neil's help -- and that of Samuel Edward Konkin III and J. Kent Hastings -- I was able to do what no billion-dollar New York publisher was able to do: bring to the world a novel of rage and hope, and a book that I pray will inspire young readers to find a way to get us off this dirtball and onward to our manifest destiny among the Stars.
I could not have done this without the help of Neil, Sam, and Kent, nor that of Brad "Doom" Linaweaver, who has boosted this book everywhere, even to the point of throwing his baby Sliders: The Novel onto the sacrificial altar by removing it from Prometheus Award consideration in favor of Kings. Rocket scientists Tom Brosz and Gary Hudson provided lots of information, and editors Richard Kyle and Anders Monsen helped immensely. Charles de Lint's trailblazing review in F&SF provided the novel with the mantle of literary acceptability that allows it to be viewed as something more than a curiosity. And I thank Claire Wolfe and Jim Davidson for their excellent in-movement reviews, as well as L. Neil Smith for his vocal defense of the novel in a public forum.
[Since the above speech, the novel has been published in hardback by Final Frontier Books, which is the version available through Amazon.com.] I give untolled thanks to eragents Brad Linaweaver and Ed Kramer, my publisher and fellow Illuminatum Vincent Harper and his lovely wife and partner Leslie for their unshakeable faith in Kings. Without their port and ceaseless effort, this book would not be in this beautiful, limited and signed hardcover edition today.
Most of all, I could never have gotten this far without the love and port of my loyal and steadfast Princess and Queen of the High Frontier: my astounding daughter Vanessa and my amazing wife Veronica.
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Descrizione libro Final Frontier, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110966566203
Descrizione libro Final Frontier, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0966566203