The Hugo Award–nominated novel by “a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive.” —The Globe and Mail Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since—until a derelict... show more
The Hugo Award–nominated novel by “a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive.” —The Globe and Mail Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since—until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn’t want to meet? Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can’t feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they’ve been sent to find—but you’d give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . .
Publish date: March 4th 2008
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Space Opera
, Speculative Fiction
, Hard Science Fiction
Wśród przeróżnych rankingów literatury sci-fi prym wiodą przede wszystkim pozycje starsze, leciwe wręcz, które weszły do kanonu i klasyki gatunku. Jednym z wyjątków od tej reguły jest książka całkiem niedawno wydana przez pewnego biologa morskiego. Jak się okazuje, odnajdując się w głębinach morskic...
The best scifi novel I've read in ages...
I'm still feeling the aftershocks of this novel. This is a book dense with ideas. It's as if someone took Michael Crichton's silly book Sphere and made a really interesting and intelligent piece of speculative fiction within the same thematic territory: what if we encountered a truly alien species? ...
Crap! And to think I hemmed and hawed about reading this book. I loved this book. I was stuck at home, sick with the flu, and I read this fantastic story in two sittings. Heck, I worry that my delirium has affected my judgment, but I feel right now (still sick) that this is the best science fict...