O Pioneer by Frederik Pohl

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An immigrant to the colony world of Tupelo, a strange planet inhabited by colonists from five different alien species, Giyt Evesham uncovers a plot that threatens to tear the colony apart. Now he must be willing to sacrifice his life and newfound happiness to stop it.

About Frederik Pohl

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Frederik Pohl was born in New York City on November 26, 1919. More interested in writing than in school, he dropped out of high school in his senior year and took a job with a publishing company. After serving as a public relations officer in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945, he returned to publishing as copywriter for Popular Science, a literary agent for several sci-fi writers, and the editor for the magazines Galaxy and If from 1959 until 1969, with If winning three successive Hugo awards. His first published work, a poem entitled Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna, was printed in Amazing Stories magazine in 1937 under the pen name Elton Andrews. His first science fiction novels were published in the mid 1960's, some written in collaboration with other writers, others created alone. During his lifetime, he won over 16 major awards for his writing (much of which was published pseudonymously) including six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. His works include Gateway, which won the Campbell Memorial, Hugo, Locus SF, and Nebula Awards, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, and Jem, which won the National Book Award in 1979. He also embraced blogging in his later years, using his online journal as an ongoing sequel to his autobiography, The Way the Future Was. He died on September 2, 2013 at the age 93.
Published May 1, 1998 by Tor Books. 254 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Wichita, Kansas, 34-year-old career computer thief and con man Evesham Giyt decides to emigrate to the colony world Tupelo with his girlfriend Rina.

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Life on the planet, settled by five different alien species, with Giyt's colony located on an archipelago set amidst gigantic oceans, seems too good to be true, and Giyt can't believe it when he's elected mayor of the humans.

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Evesham tends to treat her too delicately, and once she becomes pregnant, Evesham is rather sickly-sweet in his response.

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While life on Tupelo seems idyllic, Giyt quickly comes to realize that not everything is as idyllic as it first seemed, and he is quickly plunged into a dangerous investigation to uncover the truth before the peace of the peace planet is disrupted.

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