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Gift from the Stars

Author(s): James Gunn

The age-old question about alien existence and human contact is explored in a new way in this collection of six novellas, previously anthologized in Analog magazine. When disillusioned aerospace engineer Adrian Mast buys a book at a remainder sale, the last things he expects to find in its appendix are alien spacecraft designs. With the help of the bookstore owner, Adrian tracks down the author―only to find him in a mental institution anguishing over the intentions of the aliens who sent the designs to him. By bluffing a bureaucrat intent on thwarting their progress, the two friends continue their quest for the stars and go ahead with the spacecraft designs. Having successfully launched their ship 15 years later, the questions that remain are What were the intentions of the aliens? Is mankind ready to face what's out there?
 
This title is published by Reputation Books and is distributed worldwide by Untreed Reads.

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 Adrian drew a square around the words on his notepad and then constructed a square on each side. “Space is different inside a wormhole. Maybe time is, too. Space and time are part of the same continuum. We may be in for some strange effects. At some point, for instance, I’m going to say, ‘It’s as if there is no before and after.’ But that’s wrong. The before may come after the after.”
 
“Like remembering what hasn’t happened yet?” Frances said as if she were making a joke.
 
“And maybe not remembering what has already happened,” Jessica said.
 
“‘It’s a poor sort of memory,’” Frances said, “‘that only works backward.’”
 
“Why does it sound like you’re quoting from something?” Jessica asked. “Aside from the fact that you’re always quoting from something.”
 
“It’s from Alice in Wonderland,” Frances said. “Or rather from the sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and the reason it comes to mind is that, like Alice, we’ve fallen into a rabbit hole, and in Wonderland everything is topsy-turvy.”

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ISBN (Print):
ISBN (Electronic): 9781611879506
Genre: Science Fiction
Date Published: 10/10/2013
Publisher: Untreed Reads

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