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Up Against It by M.J. Locke
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Dec 10, 11

Recommended for: Sally
Read in December, 2011

Wow, what a knockout first mainstream "hard" scifi debut for this author!

In a future where human colonies on asteroids are the norm, Phocacaea has a serious problem when a mishap dumps megatons of their air and water supply off the asteroid. Was it an "accident" caused by the Martian Crime Syndicate? As if that isn't enough of a problem, somehow a "feral sapient" was spawned in the AI system, and has gone rogue. Plus, what are the Viridians, who deliberately manipulate their genes so that they're essentially no longer human, really up to? Jane Navio, the asteroid's Resource Manager is tasked with sorting out this entire mess, unexpectedly aided by a trio of slightly rebellious rocket biker teenagers.

The science required to live on an asteroid, the physics of movement and the use of nanotechnology, all seem technically accurate. I look forward to this author's next novel!

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