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The Venus Belt Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1980
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It's 1999, and Win's detective business takes him, by constant-boost space liner, to the Asteroid Belt to solve a series of mysterious disappearances of women... but wait, in our time-line we're still putzing around trying to get private space travel off the ground. What does the North American Confederacy have that we don't? Actually, it's what they DON'T have: to wit, anything resembling the quantity of government with which we in this universe are afflicted. Which is WHY they live to be 150 years old(older if they wish), can buy personal spacecraft, and carry plasma pistols(as well as any other personal weapons they desire). Control freaks get no respect, and high life insurance rates... because the various species of the Confederacy take violent exception to fools trying to run other folks' lives for them.
Okay, no spoilers! Just buy the book, already!
On the plus side the pacing was fast. This helped with the feeling of hypersonic speed withwhich
Now I just wish we could get the Nagasaki Vector kindle edition
I can't get enough of Smith's Confederacy Universe books, love it.
This is the second book, and continues the education of our hero in the technological wonders of an alternate universe - in which the USA became a Libertarian confederacy.
At first he figures that some Hamiltonians might still be running about, but as the clues (or clews) start to pile up everything starts to point to the other side of the Probability Broach. But right when you'ld think things might start to clear up the Bear Curse kicks in and makes everything even worse- there seems to be TWO plots going on at the same time.
If Win Bear doesn't figure out what's happening, and fast, both universes might end up under the Iron Heel of a Totalitarian State!