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Free families trade between human settlements on planets and high orbital stations, using their engineered powers to defy the interstellar cartels that rule space
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Ubu has four arms, a fantastically faithful memory and is 13 years old. His 11-year-old "sister" Maria is more conventionally constructed, yet so psychic she considers herself a witch. (Both mature with the artificial aid of "mones" to the time of their late teens.) Their "father," Pasco, a small-time trader with an ancient spaceship, originally assembled them from spare genetic material and personality programs, but he commits suicide while in the throes of a depression, leaving his children to fend for themselves. Ubu compounds their problems by making an unwise business move, putting them deeply in debt--in danger of losing the ship and facing a life of virtual indenture. An attempt to capitalize on Maria's psychic abilities in a casino ends in disaster, leading to their arrest, escape and lives pursued on the edge of the law. Williams ( Hardwired ) colorfully evokes the life of the trader families and their honkytonk space stations. With its emphasis on youth, beauty, sex and mischief, the novel also conjures a contemporary mood agreeably distinct from its futuristic setting.
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Book Description Tor Books, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110812557875
Book Description Tor Books, 1990. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0812557875
Book Description Tor Books, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0812557875