45028 words, but I kind of ran out of steam as I know I need to do a lot of rewrites. Guess I'll do the last 5,000 words on the assumption that I already
Don't get your hopes up.
This is The Demu Trilogy by F. M. Busby, starting with Cage a Man
Back in the 80's I read this series and would love to read it again.
The premise of the story is humanity is just starting to explore
I've been following this thread but have not responded in awhile because it seems to be going in a direction that brushes up against some hot buttons