Pit Planet

David Dvorkin
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Trapped in the underground tunnels of Colliery, James Benton struggles to find his way back to the surface and the life he knew before.  "A headlong trip over, under, and through worlds of greed, sex, politics, intrigue, and adventure, of miners and mindpickers, cavesnakes and triple-crossers. An absorbing mix of hard science and action sf, with the unmistakable Dvorkin touch." - Connie Willis

 

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David Dvorkin was born in 1943 in England. His family moved to South Africa after World Two and then to the United States when David was a teenager. After attending college in Indiana, he worked in Houston at NASA on the Apollo program and then in Denver as an aerospace engineer, software developer, and technical writer. He and his wife, Leonore, have lived in Denver since 1971.David has published a number of science fiction, horror, and mystery novels. He has also coauthored two science fiction novels with his son, Daniel. For details, as well as quite a bit of non-fiction reading material, please see David and Leonore's Web site, http://www.dvorkin.com.Currently, David is yet another unemployed techie with a spiffy resume. The resume can be viewed online at the Dvorkin Web site.

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David Dvorkin
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Published on
Apr 26, 2010
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Pages
262
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ISBN
9781452344508
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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