Last week I mentioned The Revolution from Rosinante, by Alexis A. Gilliland. This is the first of a trilogy which is the best work I know about on the theme of space colonies. Anyway, the part I mentioned is actually at the end of Chapter 5. [begin quote] Govenor Luis Raoul Panoblanco sat behind his desk in the governor's mansion, the flags of Texas and the North American Union at his back to frame the picture, the Great Seal of the State of Texas above his head on the wall behind him. Two of his bodyguards stood by the television crew, watching alertly for a false move on the part of cameras which had been searched and searched again. Outside the office, more bodyguards watched exits and entrances with great vigilance At nine minutes, 32 seconds into his scheduled half hour speech he was saying: " . . . and the proof that God is on my side is that on the very morning of the day that I banished the Alamo mutineers into orbit, a sunspot appeared! The first sunspot in three years appeared in my hour of need. God has stretched out his hand to me!" At eight minutes fifty-five seconds into its flight, a cruise missile stolen from the NAU Air Force, whistled down the street, bobbed over the fence surrounding the governor's mansion, rolled to miss a large oak tree, and crashed through the window and the drawn drapes of the governor's office at 650 klicks per hour to explode a metric ton of high explosive where the governor's desk would have been if it hadn't been moved to the other side of the room to accommodate the television crews. In the event, the fact that the governor's desk had moved his desk did him no more good than the fact he was wearing the best bulletproof vest on the market. The place of honor at his funeral was occupied by a hamburger patty of governor, bodyguards, television crew. [end quote, end chapter] Keith Henson PS The assassination of a governor with a cruise missile causes all sorts of political problems later in the story. PPS, your only hope to get a set is to haunt a number of used book store's SF section.