Book: Far From the Spaceports by Richard Abbottcategories: Book, Asteroid Belt, Financial Fraud, Artificial Intelligence, Scilly Isles, Programming, Science Fiction
Richard Abbottabout this book: Far from the Spaceports has been lurking at the back of my mind for a long time, and finally came to the surface when different strands all converged together.
Picture our solar system in the fairly near-future, when scattered colonies have appeared on many of the moons and smaller planets. Spaceship technology can get you between them in a number of weeks - perhaps a couple of months for the most far-flung locations - and so they are largely self-governing and independent. But technology also allows fraud on a large scale to thrive in these isolated places.
Out between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, a group of small asteroids have been called The Scilly Isles, after the archipelago off the Cornish coast of England. A community of quirky settlers live there, fiercely proud of their identity.
Now meet Mitnash Thakur and his virtual assistant Slate, sent out to investigate a rash of financial irregularities which are threatening trade. They have to move quickly, find out who can be trusted, and solve the crime. But soon after arrival, the threat becomes very personal.
Mitnash and Slate will need their technical and personal skills to solve the problem, but along the way there's plenty of time to get to know the islands, the people, the music, and the lifestyle.
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