Wheels within Wheels by F. Paul Wilson

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Canny old Pete Paxton thinks there's a monstrous conspiracy brewing that threatens the LaNague Charter and the freedoms it guarantees for Federation planets. The only way to head it off is to enlist the aid of Josephine "Jo" Finch, the current CEO of Interstellar Business Advisors, a firm Pete co-founded with Jo's grandfather more than half-a-century before. Jo mistrusts Pete and suspects he may be responsible for the bizarre death of her father, but she is soon convinced that the old man's fears are more than justified.

Jo and Pete are soon matching wits with one of the shrewdest, most devious politicos in the Federation, threatened by a ruthless psi-talent whose victims face a fate far worse than mere death. They must also deal with the Vanek -- the gentle, enigmatic inhabitants of the planet Jebinose who, against all logic, claim to have murdered Jo's father.
"Wilson tells a fast-paced, well-written story that holds reader interest from the first chapter. If he can keep up the quality he reached with the first two (LaNague Federation) novels, it will be quite an impressive series indeed." (Future Retrospective)

"Ho hum, you think. Here comes future history saga. Then you start meeting interesting people. If you've caught the cleverly planted clues, you close the book with all the satisfaction of a good Agatha Christie. Vive la Federation!"
(Library Journal)

"The ending holds a surprise, as well as a satisfying resolution of the political intrigues. Recommended."
(Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review)

"Wilson creates a nice blend of science fiction, politics, and finance in a diverting page turner."
(Booklist)

"Easy to follow, hard to put down."
(Manchester Evening News)

The Infrapress edition has been revised and will include stories "Higher Centers" and "The Man with the Anteater" as well as a new introduction by the author.

Wheels Within Wheels, Wilson's second novel, won the first Prometheus Award for Libertarian fiction in 1979. The award helped pigeonhole the author as "that Libertarian science fiction writer" and Wilson consequently dropped out of SF and wrote horror thriller (and beginning of the Repairman Jack franchise) THE KEEP (1981). "Higher Centers" (published in "Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact", April 1971) and "The Man with the Anteater" ("Analog", July 1971) were Wilson's first two published stories.

 

About F. Paul Wilson

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Author F. Paul Wilson was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on May 17, 1946. He has written over forty books and short story collections. He is best known for the Repairman Jack series and the Sims series. He won the Prometheus Award in 1979 for Wheels Within Wheels and in 2004 for Sims. He also won a 1984 Progie Award from the West Coast Review of Books for The Tomb, the Hall of Fame Award from the Libertarian Futurist Society in 1990 for Healer and in 1991 for An Enemy of the State, and the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction for Aftershock. His book The Keep was made into a film in 1983. In 2012 his title Nightworld made The New York Times Bestseller List.
 
Published January 1, 1980 by Sidgwick and Jackson. 192 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I still associate the smell of celery with the storm that broke over Missolonghi—as described by Andre Maurois—a few moments before Byron's death."" As a girl, Dervla Murphy learned to slice vegetables without looking, so She could read at the same time—only one odd feature of a...

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The story of the automobile industry from its sputtering start in 1895 to 1966, when ""on the bleached bones of nearly nine hundred companies which once kept competition honed to a razor edge, the survivors now sit securely, planning and pushing the conquest of new markets."" The saga includes th...

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