TO THE STARS
(reprint) omnibus: 1982
The SFBC edition was the first hardcover appearance for any of these (paperback originals from Bantam in 1980-1981.)
To the Stars, containing Homeworld, Wheelworld, and Starworld. The 3 books were paperback originals from Bantam in 1980-1981.
Homeworld - Jan Kulozik is an upper-class engineer who has taken his priveleges for granted. While vacationing at a luxurious resort in the Middle East, he nearly drowns in a sailboat accident, but an illegal Israeli submarine savs him. Kulozik's rescuers make him unwillingly recognize the suffering of most of the planet's inhabitants, and the Israelis reveal the existence of an underground movement, which is struggling to topple society's current balance of power. Jan must choose between the comfort and safety of his former life and the dangers towards which his conscience is urging him.
Wheelworld - Ten years later, Jan has been banished from Earth, exiled to the inflexible tribal society of Halvmork, which helps supply Earth's agricultural needs. Unhappy with his lot, Jan is nonetheless resigned, until the crucial cargo ships fail to arrive from Earth. Then, Halvmork's only hope for survival is Jan's organization of a daring, grueling mass exodus against incredible odds...
Starworld - Jan returns to Earth and finds himself caught between the underground and Earth's government. The Earth colonies have rebelled, and Earth is desperately struggling to maintain its tyrranical hold over them. Jan is caught in a series of fast-paced espionage and counter-espionage episodes. His goal: to destroy the vestiges of power among what were once Earth's reigning elite. And he is the one person who can save the planet...