A blistering science fiction thriller by Adam Roberts with the hardboiled edge of Richard Stark's Parker series.
People call him Starman though his name is Fosse. He steals spaceships to order.
In the near future, as humanity colonises the moon and earth’s orbital space, scores of shady groups want in on the action: the mob, emerging nations, terrorists, you name it. If you don’t have the resources to develop your own space programme, no problem. Starman will steal anything you need, from shuttle components to entire rockets.
On one of his jobs Starman picks up a strange sphere that seems to possess anti-momentum. He’s not sure what it is, although it's soon apparent that certain people will go to any lengths to relieve him of it.
When an Irkutski Independence group enlists Starman to swipe an antique Soviet rocket from a Russian space museum, the mistake they make is double-crossing him.
Starman is most definitely not the kind of man you sell out …
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Adam Roberts is often described as one of the UK's most important writers of science fiction. He has been nominated three times for the Arthur C. Clarke Award: in 2001 for his debut novel Salt, in 2007 for Gradisil, and in 2010 for Yellow Blue Tibia. He has won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, as well as the 2012 BSFA Award for Best Novel. Roberts reviews science fiction for The Guardian and is a contributor to the SF ENCYCLOPEDIA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His science fiction has been praised by many critics both inside and outside the genre, with some comparing him to genre authors such as Pel Torro, John E. Muller, and Karl Zeigfreid.