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Kings of the High Frontier Hardcover – October 1, 1998

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"An exciting, bracing look at a future some of us hope for, yet many fear. Hard-edged, tough-minded SF indeed!" -- Gregory Benford, Ph.D.

"Excruciatingly exciting... This is visionary fiction with gut-level, instinctive appeal." -- Richard E. Geis, The Geis Report

"In case you, like others, have forgotten the Future, Victor Koman remembers it. He grew up there and now, with total recall, wakes us to jog our memories and rebirth Tomorrow. Would that there were a dozen more writers like him in the field." -- Ray Bradbury

"They promise to do what the Space Program appears to have forgotten: get Mankind off the planet...

"The various spacecraft are lovingly detailed, utilizing both contemporary technology and classic designs, and we watch each of them being built under such a close eye that we feel we have as much stake in them as do the book's characters. There are any number of plot twists and turns -- far too many to properly convey in the space we have here -- but if you ever shared the dream of manned space flight, imagined it could be you heading up there into orbit and beyond, then you'll love this book.

"Kings of the High Frontier is an intriguing, exhilarating, thought-provoking, and -- yes -- sprawling novel that brings back the sense of wonder that drew so many of us into science-fiction in the first place." -- Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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New independent publishers dream of procuring the perfect book for their virgin launches. For Final Frontier Books, that dream became a reality when award-winning author Victor Koman's newest opus, Kings of the High Frontier, went from manuscript to published book in less than three months. When I first read Kings, I was stunningly overwhelmed and knew immediately that this was a book for the future, a perfect first book for my fledgling company. Between its covers you won't find aliens bent on conquering Earth, intergalactic warp-drive warfare, or lasers guns (well, OK, there is one laser, but you'll be surprised at how it's put to use). What you will find is a story of humanity, an epic of tomorrow, and a struggle against overwhelming odds that is happening today. It is a tale of dreams lost and regained; a tale of the importance of defending and promoting individual freedom in the face of oppressive forces that seek to choke the dreams of humanity. Quite simply, Kings of the High Frontier is a must-read novel for anyone who has contemplated Space and pondered how a free people might get there and stay there. With this book, Final Frontier Books learned how to fly. I am proud to have played a part in bringing Victor Koman's masterpiece to the public, and it is my dearest hope that Kings of the High Frontier will be the impetus that moves us into the 21st Century with one common goal: the free an unfettered exploration of the final frontier.

Kings of the High Frontier is available in two collector's editions, both with an important Afterword by award-winning and best-selling author Gregory Benford, Ph.D. The 1250 copy Limited Edition is signed and numbered by Victor Koman and includes a stunning dust jacket by Star Wars and X-Files artist Rob Prior (his first-ever book cover!). Pre-publication sales of this edition have exceeded expectations, so act fast. The Deluxe Edition, limited to 250 copies, is slipcased and bound in Kivar, signed by all three contributors, and includes a limited edition 22" x 18" full-color lithograph of the dust jacket art, limited to 500 prints, signed and numbered by Rob Prior.

Kings of the High Frontier has earned the highest praise, from Ray Bradbury to Gregory Benford, and has been displayed prominently at the World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore and DragonCon in Atlanta. I urge everyone to find out what the buzz is about, because Victor Koman doesn't pull any punches. While reading Kings, one cannot help but contemplate the current status of our moribund space program, and it is this fact that makes the novel shine. This stuff is happening today, my friends. This is not an idle dream, a fantasy of some far-off future. Kings of the High Frontier is now and will motivate you to seize back the reigns, look once again at the stars and shout: "Here We Come"...and mean it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: The high pilgrimage (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Final Frontier (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966566203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966566208
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I had the privilege of being the eighth person to buy Kings of the High Frontier when it was first published in electronic form by Pulpless.com. I feel rather as if I were there when Vincent Van Gogh swept the final stroke of pigment onto Starry Night or Ayn Rand scrawled the last word of Atlas Shrugged. This book is that good. It's good on at least two levels. First, and crucially, it's a walloping great adventure story. One friend not only stayed up all night to read it, but told me she leaped to her feet and danced around the room during the book's most magnificent scene. Second, without any lecturing or heavy-handedness, this book is an important philosophical statement about free minds and free lives. Oh yeah, it's also an indictment of NASA so accurate and so fierce it's a wonder that agency hasn't crumbled to dust before Victor's rage. I can think of no book I could recommend more highly, and no recent book that has so filled my heart and my spirit. To freedom! And to space!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "luxlucre" on November 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I recieved my copy of this fantastic book less than 24 hours ago and have read it non-stop every waking moment until I finished it a few minutes ago. I recall clearly the day that man walked on the Moon, being a wide-eyed 6-year-old at the time, I knew at that time that one day, I would HAVE to go into space myself.
This novel re-awakened that 30-year-old dream to be in space myself. It's characterers are intellegent and determined to not let governments be the monopolizers of the high frontier, so several groups unaware of each other's plans, at first, each begin constrution on ships that will let them break free of the Earth and it's suffocating States.
Find yourself a copy... And dare to dream!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dabooda on March 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. It's got everything going for it: a great plot, interesting and likable characters, important themes, and a more-than-competent narrative style. It is also a great read -- fast and fun. So why hasn't it won ALL the science fiction awards and become a nationwide bestseller? Maybe because no major book publisher would touch it. Not because it's a bad book, but because it offers up the interesting idea that the main impediment to mankind's entry into space is NASA. And it provides fascinating tidbits of news that never made it into the newspapers about how NASA really works (or doesn't), especially concerning the Challenger disaster. Sort of makes you wonder about the First Amendment, when book publishers are afraid to publish a book that's critical of the government. Anyway, if you can find a copy, GRAB IT! And if you're the kind of reader who only buys one book a year, this would be a good one to pick.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James G. Miller on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Like much of the great science fiction of the past, this book has a definite libertarian theme. My only faults with it were 1) lost of sleep while reading it because it is one of those books that you can't put down and 2) one rape scene that I considered a lot more graphic than it needed to be and thereby precludes my recommending the book to younger readers. One might object that many of the characters in the book are too black and white, but I would maintain that Koman may be closer to the truth here than many are willing to admit. The reality is that evil exists and most politicians are scum. "Kings of the High Frontier" immediately flew into my top 10 fiction list. Victor Koman seems a worthy successor to Robert Heinlein.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lag@hdtinfo.com on May 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Kings of the High Frontier takes the reader through a wide range of emotions; from rage at the condescending arrogance of the head of the National Organization of Space Supporters in his efforts to suppress any private space launch, to an almost unbearable excitement as the ships take flight. Victor Koman reminds us of what human beings can accomplish as long as we are willing to make the effort and not give up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Just finished re-reading this last night. I noticed that it has a lot of derivation from Rand and Heinlein (and that's a good thing!) It's a crime that this book isn't a bestseller...it's truly inspirational.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By August Elliott on April 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Don't let the Science Fiction category scare you away from this excellent book. The only science fiction in this book is very realistic and the story line is today's news. The author did an excellent job of weaving several story lines into a complete work where the characters where developed thoughtfully and intereacted with one another in a very believeable manner.
My only complaint was that the book was not long enough and when I finished reading it was hard to pick up another book after having gotten to know the characters soo very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As one of the other reviewers stated this is one of the best books no one has read. I came across it in July, 2003 by chance in a small bookstore. Once I started reading I could not stop until I reached the end. It has interesting characters (and they are characters), good guys you cheer, bad guys you would like to shoot, inter-weaving storylines, an interesting story to tell, plot and subplots. The writing keeps all of the stories flowing along pulling you into the stories and along to the end of the novel. All in all a totally enjoyable read. Now some may find the libertarian ideas of the author annoying but they form an intergal part of the story and reminded me of L. Niel Smith at his best. And the conspiracy angle is well enough set up and argued that you are left thinking it makes perfect sense. Perhaps the best recomendation is that, as this was noted as book one on the High Pilgramage, I was extremely disappointed that no book two (or three) had been written. So let me conclude by suggesting you get a copy read it, tell your friends to get copies and get book two on its way for me to read!
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