Synopses & Reviews
New York Public Library "Best Books for the Teen Age" selection
Shelby Cheever V is a spoiled brat. He is also the richest kid in the country. Actually, make that the universe. Bored with his all-the-amusements-money-can-buy life, he decides on a bit of interstellar action, Shelby-style. But it turns out life on a starship is not all fun and games. As part of a crew, Shelby has a few things to learn. Like, how to follow orders instead of simply giving orders. Can Shelby learn how to cooperate with his crewmates?
He may not have a choice. When Shelby becomes the target of a hostage-for-ransom scheme, he'll need all the help he can get.
"A teenage protagonist, a speed-of-light plot and a clever narration equal accessible, entertaining reading. Sheffield skillfully put his own stamp on familiar elements providing first-rate scientific and technical extrapolation, brisk pacing, and more plausible depiction of his young hero's maturation than is typical of this sort of coming-of-age adventure." -Booklist
About the Author
is a mathematician and theoretical physicist by training. His doctoral work was on Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. Currently Dr. Sheffield works as chief scientist for the Earth Satellite Corporation, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that specializes in the analysis of data gathered from space.
The author of thirty previous science fiction novels, including Cold as Ice and The Ganymede Club from Tor, Sheffield lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, author Nancy Kress.