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Learning the World

A Novel of First Contact

The great sunliner ´But the Sky, My Lady! The Sky!´ is nearing the end of a four-hundred-year journey. A ship-born generation is tense with expectation for the new system that is to be their home. Expecting to find nothing more complex than bacteria and algae, the detection of electronic signals from one of the planets comes as a shock. In millennia of slow expansion, humanity has never encountered aliens, and yet these new signals cannot be ignored. They suspect a fast robot probe has overtaken them, and send probes of their own to investigate.

On a world called Ground, whose inhabitants are struggling into the age of radio, petroleum and powered flight, a young astronomer searching for distant planets detects an anomaly that he presumes must be a comet. His friend, a brilliant foreign physicist, calculates the orbit, only to discover an anomaly of his own.

The comet is slowing down ...

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Mind-expanding science fiction at its best; it is no surprise that it has been shortlisted for all the main science fiction awards. THE TIMES
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Since graduating from Glasgow University in 1976, Ken MacLeod has worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full time.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 416
Erscheinungsdatum 04.05.2006
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-84149-344-2
Verlag Little Brown & Co Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 176/108/28 mm
Gewicht 258
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