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Adam Warrington is an intelligent, courageous young man from a provincial, repressive planet that has reverted to a kind of fundamentalist puritanism. By nature a freethinker and individualist, Adam has a tough time of it until he's accepted at one of the Empire's great schools, the University of Sol on Mars. Then he's off on the greatest adventure of his life.

His journey through space includes dining with aliens, air swimming, a hijacking, a space trial, and an attempted murder. He finally arrives on campus, where he must face further challenges before his first year of classes begins.

©1978 Michael Kurland (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • 12-08-12

A great discovery

It's a fantastic book with a well-crafted plot that takes you through the galaxy with a main character you feel that you know immediately. This is space opera in the best sense of the term.
t is a tour of a galactic empire by a young man who has received a scholarship to the Imperial university. Most of the book is his trip from the backwater planet where he grew up to the University on Mars. Travel can be complicated in this imagined future and several adventures break out along what should have been a routine trip.

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