A Company Town and Atlantis Ascending


A couple of years ago I read an early draft of my friend Jim Dunstan’s book Atlantis Ascending, about a young woman and her best friend’s recruitment to working on a solar power station in orbit. It was a lovely if alarming read, and it highlighted the perils of the company town. If your employer owns everything around you and is the source of your food, water, and even air, how does that work? Do you want to sign that contract? What kind of protections do you have? Any?  It can make life hard on the worker, and this books certainly shows a number of ways for that to happen. I mention this book here because it raises questions for a space lawyer who likely hasn’t yet been born. Also, Jim is a space lawyer. Lastly, he has a really cool space simulator at newspacefiction.com.  Accordingly, Atlantis Ascending gets a Ground Based thumbs up!

About the Books Tab: I like science fiction. I like space law. The Book Tab contains science fiction books I come across that touch upon some element of space law. When I find an issue of space law in near future science fiction I will mention the book and the issue , and you can find links in the post and at the Book Tab. The Book Tab also contains my books, of course, even though two of them are purest space opera with not an ounce of space law to them. (That’s because it’s my blog.) The other two are bourgeois, legal, science fiction. Do watch out for the space opera. You have been warned.