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The human colony has been on this planet for some time now and are hearing that more ships from Earth are on their way. They also have developed a weapon that puts a pretty good sized crater on the moon. The ship that's on its way is described as having to have drugs and graft and other unsavory parts of humanity on it just to allow the people to be able to 'live'. The colonists are not happy about it, for they have developed a little more utopiany way of life.

The story is 3rd person and 1st person story telling. Radio transmission tells of ships coming (actual space trip takes years), towards the end I think a young boy figures out the secret weapon (that puts crater on the moon).

I remember one moment in it where the natives are in a bar (they all generally pack pistols due to all the animals in the area) and one of the newcomers is hassling a woman and she says NO to him twice during his advances as he's a bit drunk and fresh off the ship, well before the third NO some native in the bar shoots him dead which is how they handle things, not necessarily violently but directly and finally.

I read this in the eighties and it seemed old to me at the time, paperback

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  • I kinda think it's more a long short story than a whole book unto itself, as far as what happens, I really don't remember. – JessArial Aug 2 '15 at 1:30
  • okay, let's see--3rd person and 1st person story telling, radio transmission(actual space trip takes years), towards the end I think a young boy figures out the secret weapon, I read this in the eighties and it seemed old to me at the time, paperback and I remember one momment in it where the natives are in a bar (they all generally pack pistols d/t animals in the area) and one of the newcomers is hassling a woman and she says NO to him twice during his advances as he's a bit drunk and fresh off the ship, well before the third NO some native in the bar shoots him dead. – JessArial Aug 2 '15 at 2:15
  • and thanks BTW, really awesome site, made more so by its members I suppose. – JessArial Aug 2 '15 at 2:47
  • ah thank you! i'll try that straight away. – JessArial Aug 2 '15 at 3:51
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It could be Voyage From Yesteryear by James P Hogan, that has a colony founded by an automated space probe that develops into a post scarcity society that has to cope with the arrival of a generation ship from Earth. There's a good summary on Wikipedia here.

The book also contains a scene in a bar very similar the one you describe.

  • by George! I think that's it!! – JessArial Aug 3 '15 at 1:59

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