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Nourse, Alan E.
RAIDERS FROM THE RINGS
book-date: 1962
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Pyramid
1965
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Jack Gaughan
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Raiders from the Rings: There were Spacers, and there were Earthmen. Earthmen feared space and the dangers there, Spacers embraced them. Limited resources and cosmic radiation meant that Spacers, who lived on Mars and the Asteroid Rings, had to raid Earth for supplies and women to be the mothers of their children - Maukis. No Spacer had ever fathered a female child. This only made the Earthmen hate the Spacers more. For Ben Trefon of Mars, it was his first chance at a full-fledged Raid. He carried out his part, and captured an Earthwoman, but also ended up with her brother. This raid was the last straw for Earth, and they launched their Fleet - built to wipe out the Spacers. The Spacers returned home to find their Mars outpost wiped out and Asteroid Central under seige. They were now engaged in a war neither side could hope to win. Ben returns to find his home in ruins, but follows his father's last request and recovers his father's mysterious web belt - for the men of the House of Trefon were guardians, of what Ben had yet to find out. Then he encounters a phantom ship - one he is sure is neither Earther or Spacerů

J. A. Meyer had a trio of stories in Astounding in 1951 - one of which, "The Mauki Chant" I believe to be the origin of the Mauki plot-thread in this book. Meyer collaborated with Nourse on a novel: The Invaders Are Coming (1959) - which had a shorter magazine version in Amazing May 1958, as "Sign of the Tiger."