Far beyond the orbit of
Pluto, half-mythical bodies circle the Solar System - the Reefs of Space,
unknown, shrouded in mystery, the goal of human conquest, the obsession
of the Plan of Man, tyrannical ruler of Earth. The Reefs of Space
brings humanity to the brink of the tars. Steve Ryeland, enslaved by
Earth's tyrannical Plan of Man computer, is given the world's most
important job - to develop a "jetless drive," an extraordinary new space
Yet the most important thing on Steve's mind was not his work, but the iron collar locked securely around his neck. Filled with a lethal charge of explosives, it could be detonated any time the Plan of Man considered him too much of a risk.
That's why he had to obey every order, and succeed at his experiments. Only then, perhaps, could he use the jetless drive himself… and escape to the safety of the half-mythical Reefs of Space, strange formations rumored to exist somewhere beyond the orbit of Pluto. But if he failed, the next step would be the Living Body Bank - a scientific horror chamber from which no one ever returned.
Jack Williamson (John Stewart Williamson, 1908–2006) was an American science fiction author.
Jack Williamson has been in the forefront of science fiction since his first published story in 1928. Williamson is the acclaimed author of The Humanoids and The Legion of Time. He is considered to be "The Dean of Science Fiction".
Jack Williamson. Wikipedia.