This was a book I read in the early 80's. The opening chapter is a spaceship (owned by a salvage company?) has to rescue a passenger vessel that is trapped in the atmosphere of a Jupiter like gas giant. The passengers are saved by the salvage ship passing an umbilical to the passenger ship. This introduces the daughter of a missing scientist who has created some universe changing something. She hires the salvage ship to find her missing father. The missing father may have been found in a hollow asteroid.

Edit: book may have been published before the 80's, I used to read anything in the library that had a rocket ship on the cover. I remember the opening being a commercial operation that had to rescue a passenger vessel and concern by the captain about the cost of the operation and whether he would get paid for it.

  • I don't think Forgotten Star is the right book. The first part of the book was about a commercial operation rescuing a trapped ship. I seem to recall concern by the captain of the ship about the cost of the rescue and would they get paid. – user13605 Nov 29 '16 at 2:55
  • Several points kept tantalisingly reminding me of something. It turned out to be Alastair Reynolds' Redemption Ark (2002) - which of course is not the answer. I'll get me coat. – user46249 Dec 6 '16 at 16:51
  • Was the father's world-changing gizmo an 'anoptikon'? I dimly recall that feature of a similar story. Cannot recall the name. – Whit3rd Mar 4 at 2:48

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