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Earth isn't room enough for Evesham Giyt, a solitary and brilliant computer hacker who longs for the long-gone frontiers and hardy pioneers of the past. Following the discovery of a technology allowing instant transport to distant worlds, he leaves Earth for the beautiful and rugged colony world of Tupelo, where he is soon surprised to find himself a respected member of the community and elected mayor of the colony's human population. For humans aren't the only race to arrive on Tupelo: as mayor, Giyt is part of ...
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Earth isn't room enough for Evesham Giyt, a solitary and brilliant computer hacker who longs for the long-gone frontiers and hardy pioneers of the past. Following the discovery of a technology allowing instant transport to distant worlds, he leaves Earth for the beautiful and rugged colony world of Tupelo, where he is soon surprised to find himself a respected member of the community and elected mayor of the colony's human population. For humans aren't the only race to arrive on Tupelo: as mayor, Giyt is part of a council of races trying to peacefully coexist on Tupelo - a difficult task, given their disparate cultures and traditions. It becomes even more difficult as Giyt begins to realize that humanity may have other plans for the planet of Tupelo and the alien races who live there. It's up to Giyt to uncover the truth and to try and carve out a future not just for humanity but for all of Tupelo...
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Evesham Giyt makes a living by poaching funds from the corporations he freelances for. One day, an ad for starting a new life on the colony world of Tupelo tempts him and his girlfriend, Rina, a former hooker, to leave Earth behind. Life on the planet, settled by five different alien species, with Giyt's colony located on an archipelago set amidst gigantic oceans, seems too good to be true, and Giyt can't believe it when he's elected mayor of the humans. But the tropical bliss is just a facade, and some judicious hacking reveals that the colony's books have been cooked. Giyt risks his life to uncover the truththe colony is the front for an American expansionist movementand he and Rina live happily ever after. Pohl makes some sharp satirical points here, but overall this is uninspired, if cleanly told, fare from an author who for more than 40 years has generally been producing bettersometimes much betterwork. (June)
Library Journal
Ace computer hacker Evesham Giyt immigrates to the planet Tupelo with his ex-hooker wife, Rina, and stumbles into the position of mayor of a colony that includes members of four other alien races in addition to humankind. His troubles begin when he discovers a conspiracy masterminded by a coterie of xenophobic humans intent on securing control of the planet. SF grand master Pohl (The Other End of Time, LJ 9/15/96) brings the high-action, no-frills appeal of pulp sf to his latest tongue-in-cheek satire of human foibles.
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In Wichita, Kansas, 34-year-old career computer thief and con man Evesham Giyt decides to emigrate to the colony world Tupelo with his girlfriend Rina. Tupelo is mostly water with only a few islands, andþto Giyt's amazementþalso harbors no fewer than five other colonies of different alien races! Giyt soon fixes Tupelo's computers and finds himself elected mayor but thereby makes an enemy of the obstructive and evasive Ex-Earth resident agent Hoak Hagbarth. At first naive and immature, Giyt learns to get along with the various "eeties," who all refer to Tupelo as the Peace Planet. Hagbarth tries to pressure Giyt into grabbing control of the planet's interstellar transporter and, later, to help smuggle in forbidden weapons; when Giyt resists, Hagbarth resorts to dirty tricks. Soon, the head honchos of all the races hold a grand meeting on Tupelo. Hagbarth, Giyt suspects, is plotting something, so Giyt must use his computer skills and his good relations with the eeties to find out what it is and stop him. Pohl's yarn (The Siege of Eternity, 1997, etc.) sparkles on two levels: as an accomplished, distinctive science fiction coming-of-ager; and as a sometimes hysterically funny satire on politics in the corporate boardroom, featuring such characters as the Principal Slug, the Petty-Prime Responsible One, and the Centaurian Divinely Elected Savior (recognize anyone?).
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"Pure pleasure: Pohl in top form." —Kirkus Reviews

"Another fine work from one of our finest craftsman." Jack Williamson, author of The Silicon Dagger

"A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable story from one of the most reliable writers of the field." —Science Fiction Chronicle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312861643
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederik Pohl has won all the major awards in the field of science fiction, including three Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards, both for Best Novel; the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, also for Best Novel; he was accorded the accolade of Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He's also won three Hugo awards as editor of the best magazine. He edited the groundbreaking Star Science Fiction series of original-story anthologies. He and his wife, educator and political activist Elizabeth Anne Hull, live in Palatine, Illinois.

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