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I first read this in May 2001.
Thiadora Murphy has spent six very tough years in training to be
an officer in the Collective Enforcement Agency. Surprisingly it
now happens that young Thiadora is probably the only person in the world
who can fly a recently-discovered, and possibly alien, spacecraft. One
of the major corporations want her to be the test-pilot for this craft
but but it would mean abandoning her dream of becoming a CEA officer.
She refuses the job offer but this major corporation doesn't like
being refused. Swift and severe penalties are exacted, and her hopes for the
future are ruined. She becomes a criminal, joins the
revolution and finally has to save the known universe.
In the meantime, she does as much damage as possible to the fabulous
spacecraft and manages to learn almost nothing about its
I didn't think too much of this book. There were some nice ideas but
they are wasted by loose plotting, bad science and unconvincing dialogue.
Murphy spends most of the book suffering from a fractured ankle.
As someone who once spent an entire overseas business trip stumbling
around on a broken toe I know what it feels like. Conceivably this may
account for some of the hopelessly idiotic things the protagonist does.
But probably it's down to the writer.
The spacecraft is lovely though.
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.