When Rick Luban's high school prank to impress his buddies gets him thrown out of school, a long-suffering teacher recommends he apply for a job with a mining company in space. So begins an exciting adventure, the kind that one day will be open to many young men and women.
"HIGHER EDUCATION starts out as a deliciously wicked satire on today's 'education' system. But it quickly grows up into something far more lasting: a gripping, genuine story of young people fighting their way to excellence in a dangerous environment. As always with the best of science fiction, you come away from the book knowing stuff that is not only cool, but true. Sheffield's and Pournelle's future, in which rival companies fight over rights to metal-rich asteroids, is far and away the most believable and interesting near-space milieu I've seen in years." - Orson Scott Card, author of the bestselling ENDER'S GAME
"Charles Sheffield is one of the very best hard science fiction writers in the world."
- Kim Stanley Robinson
"Charles Sheffield is one of those SF writers who make the rest of us think seriously about a career in retail sales. In fact, the only reason we allow him to live is that we are SF readers, too. He has the scientific grounding of Clarke, the storytelling kills of a Heinlein, the dry wit of a Pohl or Kornbluth, and the universe-building prowess of a Niven -- and he may have a better take on psychology of spaceborn humans than anyone in the field."
- Spider Robinson
"Sheffield's uncommon visions and storytelling skill will keep you on the edge of your seat."
- David Brin
"Jerry Pournelle is one of science fiction's greatest storytellers."
- Poul Anderson
"Jerry Pournelle's trademark is first-rate action against well-realized backgrounds of hard science and hardball politics."
- David Drake, author of HAMMER'S SLAMMERS
about the authors:
CHARLES SHEFFIELD: Charles Sheffield (1935-2002) received a PhD in theoretical physics from Cambridge, was a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and the American Astronautical Society and became an award-winning science fiction author. He was a popular speaker at conventions and was generally considered a “Renaissance Man” who could converse engagingly on just about any subject, from poetry and music to mathematical conundrums. He was married to the science fiction writer Nancy Kress.
JERRY POURNELLE: Jerry Pournelle is the author of the popular Janissaries and CoDominium series and co-author with Larry Niven of several bestselling science fiction novels, including INFERNO, FOOTFALL, LUCIFER'S HAMMER, OATH OF FEALTY, THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE, THE GRIPPING HAND, THE BURNING CITY, BURNING TOWER and ESCAPE FROM HELL. Dr. Pournelle has advanced degrees in engineering, political science, statistics and psychology, was an aerospace Systems Analyst, the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Science Editor for Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine, and is a past president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. Dr. Pournelle has been involved in the development of government policy on space enterprises and defense, and he is active on several committees for the advancement of science and space exploration. www.jerrypournelle.com