Up Against It

Althoughbilled as a virginal production by M. J. Locke, this “debut” novelreally represents the stealth relaunch of a fine writer, Laura Mixon-Gould. Astate-of-the-art solar system space opera finds the heroine struggling againstan assortment of engineering troubles that bedevil the asteroid colony ofPhoecea. A page-turning parable, one might say, for the crumblinginfrastructure of our own era.