I stumbled across this book in a used book store, and am very glad I picked it up. The story is a complex mix of political manipulation, religious censorship, and personal ambitions. All the characters are very complex, and have true motivations behind their actions instead of the typical "I want to save the world from evil" b.s. This book could be a bit of a chore to find. I have been browsing used book stores for years, and this is the first time I have encountered a copy. It is worth the effort to find this book, however, if you are a fan of good, unconventional,sci-fi stories.