Near Orbit, softback sourcebook for Cyberpunk, by Pondsmith, Ackerman and Wildemuth
“It is the most hostile environment of all. It’s boundaries are limitless, stretching beyond the sight of the most powerful probes. There is no air; no water. A deadly radioactive hail sleets through it’s emptiness. Baked to boiling by the Sun; frozen to absolute zero on it’s darkside, it can crack metal, powder plastic and boil oxygen. An unprotected man can exist in it’s unforgiving realm for only a few moments, before his lungs burst, his blood boils away to steam, and his body freeze-dries.
It is Space.
On the very edge of Earth’s atmosphere, a generation of human beings is carving out a life among the silent stars. Their weapons are the lance and shield of cybertechnology; welded together by human skill and the drive to conquer the Black Beyond. It is the world of the Orbital colonies.
In NEAR ORBIT, you’ll enter a new dimension of the CYBERPUNK universe – Space. Realistic rules for Zero Gee combat, radiation hazards, airless environments – they’re all here, as well as complete stats and background on the tools, weapons, spacecraft and vehicles of the Last Frontier.
NEAR ORBIT. The Other Side of Cyberpunk.”