Read it in early 90's

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Ordersmith, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. Ordersmith

    Ordersmith New Member

    Sep 30, 2012
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    Help, trying to remember a book I borrowed once.
    The highlights I remember were:
    space ships powered by elemental water.

    A repressive government that keeps a tight rein on the supplies of fuel for ships.

    Travel through their version of hyperspace involves navigating music and lights.

    There's a goal to find a hidden planet (Earth) that is locked away by a "distortion field" that makes hyperspace navigation to it all but impossible.

    Finally there was a scene where rebels/pirates land on a planet/moon that is a source of elemental water. The ice under a ship cracks and the ship falls through. Every part of the ship is dissolved except for the special "silvered" keel that drives the ship. I think that scene may have been on the cover.

    Any hints would be great.