PHOENIX SHIP, by Walt and Leigh Richmond: ~ ~~ ~ . Earth had everything going for it. Not only was the mother planet top dog in the solar system---her weak colonies hanging on by the skin of their teeth had to heed her every whim. . Her spaceships were tops; her armament invincible; and she had just developed a new method of computerized schooling that seemed certain to develop an army of superminds to do Earth's bidding. . Yet, if all this was truly so, how was it that the pesky little mining ships of the poorest colonial offshoot of all---the barren rocks of the asteroid belt---had beaten Earth's fleet to a frazzle and her homemade strategists were outthinking the best of the whole Earth High Command?
Used availability for Walt Richmond's Phoenix Ship / Earthrim
1969 : USA Mass Market Paperback