I don't know many of the details, here's what I do know:

  • The book was written in 1999 or earlier. I'm thinking probably earlier, like 80's.
  • From what I remember of the beginning, I think the book is part of a series. The characters start off on a planet after being exiled from Earth (Events leading up to exile probably happened in previous book)
  • The characters somehow make their way back to Earth where they fight against an organization that is in control of the government.
  • I remember that one battle in the book I believe takes place inside an asteroid. I think the asteroid was used as a mining operation or something like that.

Any help in finding out what book this was would be greatly appreciated.


2 Answers 2


It might be Colsec Rebellion by Douglas Hill. This is the third book of a trilogy; the first two are called Exiles of Colsec and The Caves Of Clydor. In the first book, six young criminals are exiled to a planet to start a colony. In the third book they manage to return to Earth to start a revolution.

  • That's it! I read this book over 10 years ago and haven't been able to find it since. I had forgotten about it, then something triggered a memory of it, and I've been looking for it for about 4 years. I knew it had to be part of a series, but I only ever read the last book.
    – Matt
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 15:37

I haven't read the series, but from the descriptions I think you may be looking for Poul Anderson's Harvest of Stars series, published in 1993. A quick glance through the first book does have a lot of the action taking place on (in) an asteroid.

from the Amazon page:

Winner of seven Hugo and three Nebula Awards, Poul Anderson is one of science fiction's supreme masters. In "Harvest of Stars," his most ambitous novel to date, Earth lies crushed in the grip of totalitarianism.To save her planet, his heroine, Kyra Davis is sent on a mission to liberate our last bastion of freedom and rescue its legendary leader. Her bold adventure will sweep her from Earth's rebel enclaves to the decadent court of an exotic lunar colony, from the virtual realities of biotech and artificial intelligence to a brave new world menaced by a dying star.

On the other hand, your description could also fit Poul Anderson's New America, published around 1987. But another quick glance doesn't show any asteroids.

from the GoodReads link:

The benevolent, paternalistic World State regarded the freedom-minded Jeffersonians as a minor embarrassment whose violent elimination would cause more disruption than their demise would merit. So both sides were happy when the chance came for voluntary exile to a distant planet. But two hundred years later the less benevolent descendant of the World State that had let them go was to decide that the cosmos was not big enough to hold both it and a free people.

  • Those look promising, I'll have to check them out. One of the benefits of not being able to find this specific book is that I've come across a bunch of new books to check out. I stumbled upon Harry Harrison's To the Stars trilogy from this search, and was very satisfied by reading that series.
    – Matt
    Commented Jul 31, 2015 at 15:40

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