Hostile Takeover Trilogy
Hostile Takeover omnibus edition published by DAW Books in 2004
|Author||S. Andrew Swann|
|No. of books||3|
Hostile Takeover is a science fiction trilogy (actually one long novel in three parts) written by S. Andrew Swann and published by DAW Books. The series is set in the 24th Century, when humans have settled a variety of colonized worlds connected by wormholes, and established a loose confederacy of powers. The main setting is the Anarcho-capitalist planet of Bakunin. It consists of three books titled Profiteer, Partisan and Revolutionary, which were published between 1995 and 1996 and re-released by DAW in a single volume in 2004.
Connections to Other Works
Although the trilogy reads as a stand-alone, it has connections to other works by Swann. Although set much farther in the future, the series takes place in the same universe as Swann's Moreau series. In this setting, biologically uplifted "moreau", and genetically engineered humans (known as "Frankensteins" or "franks") form an underclass in human society. (However, in the Hostile Takeover series, moreaus and franks play only a minor role in the plot.) By the time of the Hostile Takeover series, the extraterrestrials that manipulated Earth's politics and economy in the Moreau series have been quarantined, but their AI machines (which may still be manipulating human society) are now used by humans.
A second trilogy, Apotheosis (comprising the books Messiah, Heretics, and Prophets) follows on in the same setting.
Together, the books in these series are known as the "Terran Confederacy".