Gateway, by Frederik Pohl, is very much in the grand tradition of 'hard SF'. Whereas much of what gets put in the science-fiction section of bookshops is actually little more than fantasy with lasers instead of swords, Gateway is part of the Arthur C Clarke, Bradbury and Asimov school that ... Read review
The domestic violence bit sticks out like a sore thumb
"...with lasers instead of swords, Gateway is part of the Arthur C Clarke, Bradbury and Asimov school that seeks to extrapolate fantastic worlds from real current science, and examines how science and technology could affect the peoples of those worlds.
In the future, Earth is massively over-populated - and starving. Food is synthesised from hydrocarbons, and there's not enough to go around. Life is brutal and grinding poverty is everywhere.
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Wealth ...or death. Those were the choices Gateway offered. Humans had discovered this artificial spaceport full of working interstellar ships left behind by the mysterious vanished Heechee. Their destinations are preprogrammed. They are easy to operate but impossible to control. Some came back with discoveries which made their intrepid pilots rich; others returned with their remains barely identifiable. It was the ultimate game of Russian roulette but in this resource-starved future there was no shortage of desperate volunteers.