By Charles Sheffield
A Trader had no home - yet was at home everywhere.
From the Chill settlements to Cap City, from the Strine Interior to the Darklands and out to the space colonies, the Traders were always on the move.
They did the deals, turned contacts into contracts. They collected information, exchanged technologies, undertook espionage...
Always outsiders, welcomed warily at best, at risk always, they and their systems were everywhere but belonged nowhere.
To be a Trader was to live by your wits, survive through training and experience and to relax only with other Traders.
Mikal Asparian was about to enter the world of the Traders.
Charles Sheffield (1935 - 2002)
Charles Sheffield, born in the UK in 1935, graduated from St John's College Cambridge with a Double First in Mathematics and Physics. Moving to the USA in the mid 1960's, he began working in the field of particle physics which lead to a consultancy with NASA and landed him the position of chief scientist at the Earth Satellite Corporation. Best known for writing hard SF, his career as a successful science fiction writer began in response to his grief over the loss of his first wife to cancer in 1977; Sheffield has been awarded both the Hugo and Nebula for his work and won the 1992 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel for Brother to Dragons.. He also served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America between 1984 and 1986.
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