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We live in a world of 'what if?'
The book takes place in world created in my first novel, The Colonisation of Mars in which the Americans sent a mission to Mars in the 1970s by a nuclear-pulse powered spaceship - Orion. While this was actually planned in our world this did not happen for a number of reasons. Number one was probably the creation of NASA and their involvement in the Race to the Moon. Also, President Kennedy was evidently opposed to it and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty blocked it.
The world of this book saw nuclear bombs used to end World War II in Europe too and become an everyday fact of life to build canals, to dig ditches, for mining and to resolve border disputes.
This book is not much about the engineering and production of the ship; it is more about the motivation of the governments of that world, about the voyage itself and the lives of the crew.
It is also about what the author has found out is at least in some nations of this world, a rather outmoded model of military leadership.