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I'm looking for the name of an old sci-fi book. In it, a spaceship’s crew goes to a planet to mine a large deposit of diamond. However, they find an alien entity encased in the diamond. They also go to the center of the galaxy in the story.

  • they take a trip to the center of the galaxy – jtcoulter Jan 20 at 20:09
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    Did they take the trip to the center of the galaxy before finding the planet? After? In the process of? – FuzzyBoots Jan 20 at 21:36
  • thanks all. that's the book. – jtcoulter Jan 22 at 19:12
  • @jtcoulter Was it a long book or a novella? – Stormblessed Jan 23 at 0:18
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Space Angel by John Maddox Roberts

Space Angel front cover

An independant trader starship learns of a wilderness planet with an outcropping of valuable diamond slab. They discover a metal sphere inside the diamond. This turns out to be a billion year old weakly godlike entity who needs their help. A rival entity is Occupying the galactic core, and the first entity needs transportation.

Along the way they enlist the help of two "Vivers", who are warlike mutated humans. They also get help from an alien crab like being who is a poet.

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    I'm so glad this has been identified... I'd read the sequel 'Windows of the Mind' a long time ago and vowed at the time that I would one day find and read the first book (a vow long forgotten until I saw this Q and A!) – DannyMcG Jan 21 at 7:21
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    question about sequel answered and accepted at scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/107903/… – Otis Jan 21 at 18:22
  • @WinchellChung Where did the summary come from? – Stormblessed Jan 23 at 0:30
  • @Stormblessed I wrote the summary from my memory of reading the novel many times. take it for what it is worth – Winchell Chung Jan 23 at 13:58
  • @WinchellChung Good memory! I couldn’t do that, even with Skulduggery Pleasant, which I’ve read and re-read a LOT! – Stormblessed Jan 23 at 14:41

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