The Abode of Life by Lee Correy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Enterprise is charting gravitational anomalies on the outer edge of the Orion arm of the galaxy when they run smack bang into one, the ship is flung into the void and is badly damaged. Limping towards home the detect a rogue star with a habitable world which shows intense levels of energy usage as if transporter systems were running continuously. A landing party beam down and discover a world of high technology but operating a society based upon the code duello and the three main political/social elements now exposed to the reality of "alien life" could see their society fracture as some embrace the new reality while others attempt to suppress and deny it.
The Abode Of Life was a mighty fine read, I enjoyed the concept of a rogue world thrust from the populated areas of the milky way whose people had woven into their society the elements of what once was. The social structure was interesting and functional, too many times in scifi the "bad" guys tend to be a little over the top but here we see reason and facts win out albeit with some false starts. Not quite sure I'm ready to see the Enterprise crew walking around with old timey pistols but it does create a picture:)
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