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By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Michael Flynn

Reeling below a brand new ice age, the lunatic edge of the environmental flow controls the united states executive. deserted via Earth, the gap colonies refill their air by means of scoop-ships diving into the ambience - yet Alex and Gordon's send was once hit via a missile, and they're now sought after lifeless or alive.

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