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In a world dominated by America's heavy hand, an independent scientist reveals the secret of fast, cheap interstellar travel, sparking an exodus like none in history. When anyone with a few hundred dollars and a little ingenuity can build their own spaceship, even American citizens can't wait to get out from under the United States's domineering thumb.

Trent and Donna Stinson, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, seal up their pickup for vacuum and go looking for a better life among the ...

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Overview

In a world dominated by America's heavy hand, an independent scientist reveals the secret of fast, cheap interstellar travel, sparking an exodus like none in history. When anyone with a few hundred dollars and a little ingenuity can build their own spaceship, even American citizens can't wait to get out from under the United States's domineering thumb.

Trent and Donna Stinson, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, seal up their pickup for vacuum and go looking for a better life among the stars, but they soon learn that you can't outrun your problems. America's belligerent foreign policy is expanding just as fast as the world's refugees, threatening to destroy humanity's last chance for peaceful coexistence. When their own government tries to kill them for exercising the freedoms that people once took for granted, Trent and Donna reluctantly admit that America must be stopped. But how can patriotic citizens fight their own country? And how can they succeed where the rest of the world has failed?

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Nebula-winner Oltion's 2001 novel, The Getaway Special, explored how the near-future discovery of a cheap, simple interstellar drive prompted anyone on Earth with enough nerve to take off for the stars, leaving terrestrial governments fuming at the loss of their renegade citizens. In this meandering but satisfying sequel, things have gotten worse, especially in an increasingly paranoid America. Trent and Donna Stinson, of Rock Springs, Wyo., decide to climb into their pickup truck and head for Alpha Centauri. They're a laid-back couple, perfectly willing to share new planets with aliens as long as they can earn enough to live and then relax with a few beers. When the U.S. government interferes and they wind up lost in space, Trent and Donna start working hard to find their way home and clean up the mess back on Earth. There's not much glamour in this space opera, as shown by a weightless Trent struggling to take off lug nuts so he can remove truck tires in interplanetary space. Oltion has carefully thought out the mechanics of such situations, which serve to support the book's upbeat message: If you keep cool, you probably can get out of whatever trouble you've gotten yourself into. Agent, Eleanor Woods at Spectrum Literary Agency. (Mar. 4) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765306197
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Oltion has been a gardener, stone mason, carpenter, oilfield worker, forester, land surveyor, rock 'n' roll deejay, printer, proofreader, editor, publisher, computer consultant, movie extra, corporate secretary, and garbage truck driver.

He is also the author of over 100 published short stories and over a dozen novels, including the Tor books Abandon in Place, The Getaway Special, and Anywhere But Here. His work has won the Nebula Award and has been nominated for the Hugo award. Born and raised in Wyoming, he now lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife, Kathy, and the obligatory writer's cat, Ginger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Excellent story. One of the best sequels I have ever read.

    Anywhere But Here is not your typical sequel. Jerry Oltion continues the story he started in The Getaway Special on a different tangent. It picks up with Trent and Donna Stinson and their struggles to get by in a world ravaged by the dictatorial government of the USA, who not only has criminalized hyper drives, but also retaliates on those who use them, especially anyone who visits the colonies of their imagined enemies, the French. Facing a near empty bank account and past due bills they decide to take to the stars once again looking for a planet they may want to return to if things get bad enough on Earth. Their adventures turn quickly from a 'Sunday Drive' to a struggle for survival after they are bombarded with asteroids just because they visit the French planet Mirabella. Lost in space and quickly running out of air(ever change a tire on freeway during rush hour? Try doing it in zero-g in the vacuum of space) and power they take on multiple potentially habitable planets and tempt their fate with the mercy of the natives while trying to recharge their air tanks and batteries. Eventually they meet up with their old friends Allen and Judy and soon they realize what they must do for both themselves and for humanity. Anywhere But Here makes you think twice about running from your troubles, and Oltion weaves a pretty good yarn in the telling.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic

    In an unspecified time in the future, the global conquering United States is ready to go to war at anytime with countries that don¿t bow down to America¿s superiority. Meanwhile the hyperdrive engine makes it cheap to travel to other planets. Those people who value freedom and resent the heavy-handedness of the United States colonized planets all over the galaxy............................ It is now illegal to build a hyperdrive vehicle and leave the planet because much of America¿s most precious resources, the people, are gone. After Trent and Judy Stinson lose their jobs they decide to visit the colonized worlds but while on the French planet of Mirabeau, the United States attacks using asteroid rocks as bombs. When they leave, they become lost in space and end up in an unexplored part of the galaxy. They find a habitable planet so they can fix their damaged hyperdrive but must depart quickly though there are no direct life forms dangerous to humans, the game and water is inimical to Earthlings............................ Freedom is a powerful motivator for people to leave their homeland and go to the stars but the Stinsons really want to find a way to change how government operates so it could once again be the land of the free. Homeland security has become a dictatorial giant imagining enemies when none exist and drive people to do the very things they outlaw. Jerry Oltion is a master storyteller who takes readers on a spaceship ride that is exciting, dangerous and fun. Visiting inhabited colonized worlds and orbs where no sentient life exist makes this work of science fiction a great treat for armchair travelers who want to go stellar from their home......................... Harriet Klausner

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