The pulp school L. Ron Hubbard came from. The book should not stand out much against this background. Except it came out in the 80s!
DUTCH TILTS. The book Hubbard most wanted made into a movie. Travolta stood behind it as a love letter to Scientology. Reportedly, interference from Scientology higher-ups destroyed the whole thing, and then they threw John Travolta under the bus.
Nature would take over. Paper would waste away. People would… start to act like chimps? Chernobyl. The Koream DMZ.
Psychlos underestimating humans. Tool use and language.
In the book, they were feline! Douchey Klingons. Breathable atmosphere. High and low gravity. Cats are jerks.
Why gold? Why slaves? Corporate space exploitation.