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Brute Orbits (1998)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061058076, Mass Market Paperback)Centuries After the death of Old Earth, an earth-like, fundamentalist community on the environmentally volatile planet of Tau Ceti IV has declared evil the science that caused the homeworld's destruction. But His Holiness Peter III himself harbors doubts, engendered by his love for his unacknowledged and illegitimate rebel daughter, Josepha.
And suddenly there is another assault on the sacred traditions he has devoted his life to uphold. For the first off-planet human visitor ever has arrived on Tau Ceti -- bearing remarkable, hated technology that could shred the fragile emotional fabric of a family...and bring devastating chaos to their world.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:23 -0400)
Jails are built in space on asteroids in this critique of our penal system. On one asteroid there is a revolt which spreads to other jails and the convicts unite to form a colony. Contrary to expectations, they create a vibrant new civilization. By the author of Stranger Suns.
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