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Colin Greenland


Take Back Plenty
Year 1990
Publisher Grafton  (HarperCollins Publishing)
ISBN 0586213392



Tabitha Jute was in trouble on Mars

It was Carnival time and everyone was partying except her.  Up against the law, penniless and about to lose her livelihood and best friend, the space barge Alice Liddell - Tabitha needed some luck.  Fast.

Then along came the intriguing gloveman Marco Metz.  He needed a lift to Plenty to rejoin his bizarre cabaret troupe - and he would pay.

Tabitha knew Plenty was dodgy place since its creators had been exterminated by the Capellans, the masters of the Terran system.  But she didn't have any choice.

What should have been a simple five-hour journey and some quick cash turned into a chaotic chase from the orbital Tangle into the depths of hyperspace, with the cops on her tail.

And that was only the start of her problems ...




Winner of the Arthur C Clarke and British Science Fiction Association Awards

'Colin Greenland proves himself the Verdi of space opera.  Awesome orchestration, admirable arias!'
Brian Aldiss

'A great, big, magnificent, galaxy-shaking plot that will make you forget to eat and sleep!'
Michael Moorcock



Shuttle Columbia



Credit: NASA

A Huge Day in Space History
April 12 forever holds a special place in space exploration history -- not for a single event, but for two milestones that ushered in new eras.

On April 12, 1981, the age of the Space Shuttle kicks off with the launch of Columbia (left) on the STS-1 mission. Commander John Young and Pilot Robert Crippen are at the controls.

Twenty years earlier to the day, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (right) becomes the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft.

NASA Image of the day archive





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