When the solar system adopts the buggy SolGrid telepathic network designed by former United System Space Force officer Patrick James, Jack Commer's charismatic but troubled son Jonathan James instigates a rebellion against what he considers brainwashing. His followers includes his lover Suzette Borman, a hard-bitten nightclub owner who's been rejuvenated to look nineteen; Patrick's girlfriend Jackie Vespertine, emissary to aliens in the Iota Persei system; Pat's SolGrid partner Sanders Hirte, a former bar bouncer; and Jonathan James' dog Trotter, bonded to him years ago in Alpha Centauri as warrior brother.
Smitten with the voluptuous Suzette and finally admitting that his dysfunctional SolGrid is paralyzing Sol culture, Pat accepts a place in the Rebellion. But he's stunned when Jonathan James storms an orbiting museum and not only steals Typhoon II, Jack Commer's ancient 2030's spaceship, but also kidnaps Z'B, Emperor of the Martians. As Jack pursues Jonathan James he begins to understand that his son's pirate crew is staging an armed rebellion against Sol.
The Wounded Frontier
by Michael D. Smith on 2018-02-20
When a star thirty-four light years away vanishes, leaving the infrared signature of a Dyson sphere, Supreme Commander Jack Commer readies the untested Typhoon V for Iota Persei, assigning talented Physician/Engineer Laurie Lachrer to the ship and asking a reluctant Will Connors, traumatized by old combat duties, to postpone his retirement for this mission. Draka Sortie, President of the United System Council, is transported to the Typhoon V en route to Iota Persei, where he begins to remember that he's a member of the Wounded, a race that kills suns to create spectacular quasar artworks fifteen billion light years away. A Laurie robot impersonating the real physician/engineer offers to assist. When her lover, an ancient robot, hijacks the older Typhoon III to rescue her, the ship is hurled against the sphere to claim its energy. The Wounded surround Sol with a Dyson sphere, and against her will the human Laurie becomes the Negation Master for Sol.