Great story well-told. You've reminded me that the Syracuse University Press put out an annotated edition I should look up.
My son just recommended Robinson's "Pacific Edge" to me -- he said it made him hopeful for the future.
I'm reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It's a western novel (not SF&F-related). Although the writing, setting and characters are excellent and
I'm working on a novel that is about that right now. A coalition of six nations travels to another planet and sets up their own cities, then loses contact
**Situation for the author right before you come along:
Author has sold and got royalties from X number of physical copies