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Ken Macleod


The Star Fraction
Year 1995
Publisher Random House
ISBN 0099558718



Moh Kohn is a security mercenary, his smart gun and killer reflexes for hire to the okay guys - scientists under siege from the anti-tech terrorists and the US/UN technology cops, known as Stasis.  In a society where computer literacy is the only kind that counts, Moh's found his niche: his father wrote the revolutionary programs used around the world.  But he reached for a world without borders, and met a fate Moh can't forget.

Janis Taine is a scientist, working on memory-enhancing drugs.  The Stasis heavies warn her off, unaware that she's already made the breakthrough.  Norlonto's capitalist anarchy is the only place to hide - and to get there she needs Moh's help.

Jordan Brown is a teenager in the Christian enclave of Beulah City - formerly Islington - dealing in theologically-correct wares for the world's fundamentalists.  He wants out . . . of Beulah City, his stultifying life.  He needs freedom's only passport - money.

In a Balkanised world where the peace process is deadlier than the wars, the US/UN's spy satellites and laser weapons have everybody in their sights.  But the Watchmaker has other plans, and the lives of Moh, Janis and Jordan are part of the programme.  Spectres of a betrayed revolution haunt the fight for space and freedom, as the Army of the New Republic prepares its fourth 'final' offensive and the green barbarians close in on the divided cities . . . 




The Star Fraction is Ken Macleod's first novel, yet it is breathtakingly adroit.  From descriptions of a world on the edge of collapse to details of everyday life in twenty-first century Britain, his writing is seamless.  This is the debut of a writer who immediately demands recognition as a major talent.


Astronaut Joseph R. Tanner, STS-115 mission specialist



Credit: NASA

Installation Day
It was "installation day" on the International Space Station. The Atlantis and Expedition 13 crews worked on attaching the P3/P4 truss during the first of three scheduled spacewalks by STS-115 shuttle crew members on Sept. 12, 2006. Mission specialist, Astronaut Joseph R. Tanner, pictured as he translated along the station hardware, later was joined by mission specialist Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper


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