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Kings of the High Frontier — the Digital Edition
The Atlas Shrugged of the Space Age!

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Three-time Prometheus Award-winning novelist Victor Koman, PhD, who tracked down God in The Jehovah Contract and solved the abortion dilemma in Solomon’s Knife, brings you his epic novel about a past that might have been and a future that will drive humanity’s next stage of evolution: our High Pilgrimage into Space.

America, 1994. Nearly everything seems familiar: the World Trade Center twin towers watch proudly over Manhattan; the Russian space station Mir — abandoned after the fall of the Soviet Union — still orbits Earth; the International Space Station has yet to be built. This America, however, is not quite as we remember it: a sixth shuttle, Constitution, prepares to make its maiden voyage; Senator Ludlow Woolsey III and Dr. Barry Gibbon conspire to place the U.S. space program under the authority of the United Nations Interplanetary Treaty Organization [UNITO]; and the National Security Agency allies with NASA to prevent anyone from challenging the government’s monopoly on Space.

Victor Koman’s Prometheus Award-winning space thriller is now available for ePub & Kindle eReaders. The previously published version has been rewritten to strengthen the science and take advantage of hindsight. So, if you enjoyed the 1998 hardcover version of the book (or — for super-paleofans — the original 1996 download from Pulpless.com!), you will want to relive the adventure from a new point of view! (Neuffer Ring digital cover illustration by Tom Brosz)

Tammy Reis, NASA Space Shuttle commander, works for the most highly funded, technologically advanced space program in the world. So why do nightmares of the Challenger disaster haunt her sleep? And why does her beloved NASA seem no longer capable of matching the stunning successes of its glorious past?

Billionaire Laurence Poubelle wants to build his own orbital X-15 spaceplane. Can his keen marketing skills overcome a decadent culture hostile to wealth and contemptuous of adventure? Can he single-handedly launch the greatest Space Race in history?

Russian nuclear missile commander Col. Vladimir Tuchapski subverts a disarmament treaty to attempt an impossible theft. Can he hijack the decaying space station Mir and restore the glory of the crumbled Soviet Union?

The great-great-great-great grand nephew of Davy Crockett and his cadre of college students secretly build a single-stage-to-orbit rocket-copter in an abandoned warehouse in the South Bronx. Can anyone stop them before their low-rent launch attempt sets the New York skyline ablaze?

NSA operative Montgomery Barron fights to construct his own answer to clandestine launch-vehicle efforts: the orbital killer-spaceplane Huntress. Will he achieve the goal of Project Stark Fist to control the spaceways?

Rocket engineer Gerry Cooper struggles at a tiny spacecraft-design company in the Mojave Desert. Who wants him stopped — or dead?

Shadowy black-marketeer Marcus Grant — hidden from scrutiny in a failed equatorial African state — concocts an ambitious conspiracy more daring than anyone can imagine. Tammy Reis — recruited to infiltrate Grant’s inner circle — discovers his deepest secret and faces an impossible choice: duty to her government or loyalty to her heart, mind, and soul.

Kings of the High Frontier — first published in digital form on the Internet in mid-May, 1996 — anticipated the X-Prize, which Peter Diamandis publicly announced on May 18, 1996, the same week as the novel was made available. Koman also predicted a second Space Shuttle disaster and the “True Dawn” of space travel instigated by free-market launch efforts.

“In case you, like others, have forgotten the Future, Victor Koman remembers it. He grew up there and now, with total recall, wakes us to jog our memories and rebirth Tomorrow. Would that there were a dozen more writers like him, in the field.”

Kings of the High Frontier is an intriguing, exhilarating, thought-provoking, and — yes — sprawling novel that brings back the sense of wonder that drew so many of us into science-fiction in the first place.”

“An exciting, bracing look at a future some of us hope for, yet many fear. Hard-edged, tough-minded sf indeed!”

“Victor Koman has done something amazing. In Kings of the High Frontier he has captured all the hopes and dreams of the space migration movement, detailed the glories of its finest efforts, identified the pernicious enemies who keep it grounded, and shown a myriad of possibilities for breaking free from Earth. As these dreams continue to be realized, and as the destruction of NASA comes to pass in our world, Koman will be heralded not only as a science fiction visionary with prophetic ability, but as the man who issued the call to arms.”

“It has a story to tell on the same scale as Atlas Shrugged or Dune.”