I can't remember the story line of the book but the cover was a uniform yellow and I distinctly remember the main character figuring out that the name of a company was the anagram of Aldebaran [star], perhaps Narabedla. It may even be the title of the book. Any ideas?

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    Do you mean the star Aldebaran?
    – gnovice
    Dec 1, 2011 at 20:04
  • @gnovice Yes, it is the star now you mention it. That would be a red giant, perhaps the origins of the company.
    – James P.
    Dec 1, 2011 at 20:06
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    this might help: wordsmith.org/anagram/… Dec 1, 2011 at 20:09
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    Narabedran isn't an anagram of Aldebaran.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Mar 14, 2016 at 12:59
  • @randal'thor see answer below :)
    – James P.
    Mar 16, 2016 at 3:19

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It's probably Narabedla, Ltd. by Frederik Pohl. The name of the alien-owned corporation that the book is titled after is the word Aldebaran (a red giant star in the constellation Taurus) spelled backwards.

There are a number of different cover designs for the various printings. Being you're in Belgium, I'm guessing you had gotten a hold of a copy from Victor Gollancz Ltd, a British publishing house (they seemed to like the yellow covers):

Yellow book cover with a white box at the top containing the "Gollancz SF" logotype in orange; a large white box below contains (vertically) "NARADEBLA" "LTD" (in black) "FREDERIK" "POHL" (in orange) and, smaller, "The new novel by the science fiction Grand Master"

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