(Found) Sci-fi paperback I read around 1981 from a local bookstore - Earth is overcrowded and healthy young adults are involuntarily sent to colonize

Kelebrimbear

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  • Earth is overcrowded and healthy young adults are involuntarily sent to colonize other worlds via draft-like lottery.
  • Punishments for individuals who try to disqualify themselves by inflicting self-injury.
  • Those who voluntarily go are rewarded with status/extra resources on the new worlds.
  • The only character name I recall was something like Cyril (Ky) Noonan who was NOT the main character.
  • Colonists had to contend with indigenous intelligent but primitive life-forms.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?
 

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My copy had a cover featuring dozens of human faces with dandelion fluff for hair wafting into space.
 

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