Orbit Unlimited
by Poul Anderson

Thousands of classical liberals leave socialistic Earth in space ships and take a long voyage to a newly discovered planet that can support human life. Halfway there they receive a message that the rulers on Earth have rescinded the public education law that was most objectionable and promising to liberalize other laws if they return. Big debate.

The second half of the book is about the search for a boy who has wandered off his farm and down from the settled plateau into the unexplored region below where the air is too heavy. It contains some hints about maintaining a very limited government.

Year Read: 2003

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