Floating Worlds, Paperback
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The Styths, a powerful and aggressive mutant race from the Gas Planets, Uranus and Saturn, have been launching pirate raids on ships from Mars.

Earth's Committee for the Revolution has been asked to mediate, to negotiate a truce between the Middle Planets and the Styth Empire.

The task of conducting the talks falls to an intelligent, resourceful and unpredictable young woman, Paula Mendoza.

Her initial meetings with the Styth warlord and his unruly band of bodyguards and advisers are not promising.

But then Paula adopts a less conventional approach. The consequences for her are considerable and she finds herself on the Gas Planets, the only tenuous link between Earth and the Styth Empire ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780575108233



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A solar system epic which follows the adventures of Earth anarchist Paula Mendoza from Earth to Luna, Mars, the Styth worlds of Saturn and Uranus and back again. Mendoza negotiates with the warlike Styths (who are giant, black, clawed humans from the outer planets) and becomes embroiled in their politics. Mendoza is a terrific female protagonist, but all of the characterisations are good. The cultures of the various planets are noticeably different from each other -- some radically so. Written in 1976 but like Dune, this one has not dated.

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