vast distances involved, communication is instantaneous. There are a
couple of different ways to visit alien worlds: veering (using virtual
reality to project images), and teeping (using telepresence to control
robotic bodies on the other planet). It's even possible to engage in
trade, licensing the rights to books, art, inventions, and other
intellectual property. Deborah Rabinowitz is a literary broker.
She veers to alien worlds and sells the publishing rights to Earth
books. But when an alien is murdered right before her eyes, there's no
way she can keep from being involved and solving the murder herself.
when an old friend is accused of a murder on a different world, Deborah
has to become a lawyer and defend her friend before a kangaroo court by
solving that murder, too.