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I can't recall how long ago I read this book, but it starts with 2 college kids using some form of wormhole or instant travel mechanism they invented to personally witness man's first landing on Mars. The story skips then to them being ultra rich & nigh-immortal due to medical advances. One lives on a hollow asteroid that is very well appointed, the other more in touch with the world & politics. The story is somewhat light with a bit of mystery & discussion of societal impacts from income discrepancy.

All my recollection of important events in the book are vague.

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    Hi there! That's some info already; but maybe you could take a look at thse guidelines on story-ID, see if they trigger any more memories you could edit in? For instance, you may still be able to narrrow the time your read it at a decade or so? Any recollection of the cover? Was that in English, translated? Also, spoilers are totally fine, as it may trigger someone else's memory :) if you want, you cna hide them by preceding them with >!, for instance >! Darth Vader is Luke's father. – Jenayah Feb 28 at 4:05
  • It's a duplicate for sure. Mark it as such if that be best. – Dosco Jones Feb 28 at 4:30
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    Possible duplicate of Book ID: Astronauts and Lab Students can create portals through space (and while we're at it, if someone wants to flesh that dupe-target a bit...) – Jenayah Feb 28 at 4:44

This is the first of the Commonwealth stories, Pandora's Star, by Peter F. Hamilton.

From Wikipedia, Commonwealth Saga:

The book opens with a short section providing backstory. As part of the first mission to Mars, a team of astronauts exits their spacecraft for the first time, only to see another man standing there, connected to an air hose that leads through a wormhole to a laboratory in California. The wormhole generator's inventors, Nigel Sheldon and Ozzie Isaacs, chose to test it by beating the crew, by moments, to be the first human on Mars. The saga then moves onto the Commonwealth era in 2380, when humanity has used the wormhole technology to colonise several hundred planets across hundreds of light years.

  • Thanks all. I appreciate the prompt & accurate responses. I hadn't remembered it as a series so I passed by Hamilton in my library. Mystery solved & I hope I flagged it appropriately for the karma. – Kipernicus42 Feb 28 at 4:38

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