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Heart of the Comet, by David Brin and Gregory Binford, is a science fiction novel about the colonization of Halley's Comet. Several decades in the future, exiles from Earth are offered the opportunity to travel to Halley's Comet in order to harvest the resources there to use on Earth. What begins for Carl, Saul, and Virginia as an opportunity to redeem themselves and return to Earth as heroes, quickly becomes the most harrowing challenge of all their lives.
The crew, which is composed of a number of opposing factions relating to the genetic modification of human beings, brings many of its prejudices with them into space, causing friction almost the instant that they arrive on the comet. Carl and Virginia are both Percells, genetically modified human beings, who do not share the natural distrust that other people of their species feel towards the Orthos or genetically orthodox humans. Nevertheless,...