THE BILLION DOLLAR BOY
Higher Education by Charles Sheffield and Jerry Pournelle launched the Jupiter™ novels, an ongoing program of exciting science fiction novels based on real science and a positive vision of tomorrow. The Billion Dollar Boy is set in the same fascinating universe as Higher Education, but centuries further in the future.
Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V is one of the richest young men of the twenty-second century. His life on Earth has been spent in idle luxury, until a careless mistake strands him on a mining colony in the Messina Dust Cloud, twenty-seven light years from Earth.
Stuck among the miners for at least six months, far from his fortune and hordes of servants, Shelby must learn to survive in space—and to fend for himself. His new life is full of dangers and surprises, but it may also reveal the true shape of his destiny.