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A “hard-hitting apocalyptic thriller” from award-winning author Scott Mackay in which mankind discovers that it is not alone in the universe—and that it is far from the highest form of life...(Booklist)

At a lunar research station on Earth’s moon, scientists are stunned to witness the sudden appearance of a massive silver sphere that leaves destruction in its wake. Seemingly indifferent to the human beings it has devastated with its arrival, the sphere takes up residence in a crater. From there, it unleashes dozens of strange tower-like structures that surround the moon. Little can be uncovered about the object, except that it has travelled millions of light years, and is in communication with a distant galaxy.

But its ominous purpose soon becomes clear when it manipulates the sun into an accelerated life cycle, hurtling it toward its Earth-destroying red dwarf end-stage.

Only scientist Dr. Cameron Conrad divines the intelligent design operating behind this solar manipulation. He knows that to those controlling the sphere, humans seem like little more than insects. He is the only one who at last understands their truly alien nature enough to tell them, through the startling hyper-dimensionality in which they, exist that their science experiment with the sun may annihilate all humankind...

“Mackay’s clearly working with some ideas and concepts that are way outside the norm, and it makes for a gripping story. His aliens are, well, properly alien, existing on levels far beyond our normal range of understanding...” —SF SITE
In the last days of an interspecies war, Captain Tara Fye is given control of Yolk 3 a secret spaceship hidden on an asteroid orbiting Earth. She ordered to activate the Earth's final defence system against the enemy of hexapods, six limb insect species and their allies, electronic entities. The planet is sealed both physically and electronically from the enemy by an artificial bubble. No spaceships can land or leave Earth. As well, no audio or visual transmissions can penetrate the bubble from either direction.

Yolk 3 is designed to maintain human life until another world is found to save humans from extinction as an intelligent life force or, if possible to return in the future to reunite with those sealed on the planet. She is ordered to make this journey.

Tara finds several somewhat sinister facts about her superiors, including having a computer implant installed unknowingly in her mind and that the outer pods encircling Yolk 3 contain hundreds of humans in deep frozen hibernation. They include, not only scientists, engineers and medical doctors but also many young women who have been impregnated without their knowledge in the hope that future generations would survive, even if humans on Earth become extinct.

Tara and her crew are alone but the enemy still lurks out there ready to annihilate them. Someone or something is communicating with the enemy from Yolk 3 and they are being followed.

Where is the pre-programmed course taking them and who are the extraterrestrial humans they rescue? Why is an ancient space station important and how can the space-time continuum that causes hundred of years to pass in real time because of their speed, affect the final outcome of their solar search?
In this “dazzling adventure” from the New York Times–bestselling author, a man adrift in space finds himself facing the edge of madness (Jack McDevitt).

The Frank Tipler is just one of a thousand survey vessels sent out into the bubble of space surrounding Earth, seeking habitable worlds and signs of advanced life. Its crew has stumbled across artifacts left behind by a benevolent trader species, but the decision to study them is fraught with danger and uncertainty. The Tipler's crew consists of forty flawed electronic copies of human beings, some of them profoundly damaged—and Earth stopped responding to signals over a century ago.

Caught between madness and political machinations, Alander stands on the brink of what might be the greatest discovery humanity has ever made—and a gift that humanity can’t afford to accept.

“ECHOES OF EARTH is a dazzling adventure, sweeping the reader along from marvel to wonder, and it includes one of the most heart-stopping moments I've encountered in a novel in years.” —Jack McDevitt

“[The] book can't be discussed or even described without spoiling some of the surprises, which are mutually reinforcing as well as juicy in themselves. I will, however, give in to the temptation to drop a few more of the names that came to mind as I was reading: the Three Gregs (Bear, Benford, Egan), Linda Nagata, and Frederik Pohl…. As the first of a series... ECHOES promises to rev its Ideas right past the red-line and drive them hard.” —Locus

“The science in Dix and Williams’s work shines, entrancing with its glitter and innovation… and you won’t find any of their novels without fully-fleshed out characters, complex plots, vivid settings and thoughtful exploration of issues.” —SF Site

“The authors have already made a name for themselves as writers of intelligent space opera, and ECHOES OF EARTH is sure to further bolster that reputation. The book is chock full of marvelous events, cosmic significance, mysterious alien motivations, and the wonder of outer space.” —Science Fiction Chronicle

Winner of the Ditmar Award. 

Rex hit the red button, "Oh crap, I wish this insane world would wake up". The news always made Rex a little on edge as He knew that a simple remedy would solve all the world problems, but it all seemed so impossible.

Rex was a dreamer, and seriously believed in higher intelligences and other worlds that have idyllic societies and well, to put it simply, had attained peaceful co-existence planets in total harmony; though Earth seemed to be getting further away from His dream of becoming one of them.

Yes them..... Rex was convinced that they watch us and would love to have us as a part of their endless planetary communities! “BUT” - there always seems to be a ‘but’ thinks Rex, still being an idealist and a dreamer to boot, he saw the good that man was capable of. I'm not talking goody-two-shoes kind of good, No, just the simple love and respect that a fellow mortal can have for a person who was a bit down on his luck.

We see it more rarely these days, and sometimes it even hits the news - as it can be a ‘light’ in a darkened world, when there is too much bad news.

Still, Rex would talk to these fellow ‘alien’ sympathizers. "Hey watchers, what would you all say to a little fun here on this dreary day". The winter was setting in and Rex knew all too well how his neighbour would turn up the volume to his ‘noise-maker’ just to block out the thoughts of another winter of limited heating in his not-so-new building complex. "Hey watchers, what do you say to a little stirring of the pot" winked Rex, as he peered into a rain swept window.

Little did he know but his ten thousandth attempt to arouse the brother ‘‘alien’s’ was about to pay off, a council was held just before he asked for the umpteenth time to give him teleport power, a council to bring Earth to its final days before they would invade, pods from many distant galaxies, had gathered at a golden planet, just two hundred light-years from our blue world.

Yes living ships, before the first billionth year of intelligent life, machines were obsolete and biological machines were vastly better, they were so brilliantly developed that a super biological body was now the main vehicle for carrying the anti-matter counter part of a being that was safely locked away in the next dimension to possess.

Beings like gods, assembled to discuss the fate of Earth, and how it could be saved from total inhalation or cleansed, as they put it; Uar came up with a simple solution – Rex! Yes Rex. Let’s use that insignificant mortal and see what can be saved from that doomed planet Uar the King suggested.

In another Century and a half, the world, as we know it, will be greatly changed. This book foresees changes that most of us could scarcely dream of. It imagines a world where current international tensions have mostly dissolved, where continental solidarity has supplanted most national boundaries, and where global warming has actually abated. It is a time when space exploration is of prime importance and when robotically operated stations exist on our own Moon and on Mars and Venus. But several traditional earthly problems have not been resolved. One of these is the periodic emergence of infectious diseases that (by means of insidious mutations) have evaded all modern efforts to prevent or control them. Enter Q-strain, an astoundingly pernicious mutation of Ebola virus which, over the period of a few years, totally wipes out all humans on the Earth. There is time, however, in the interim, to transport the very earliest stage (blastocysts) of the clones from many very accomplished humans to the robotic station on the Moon. (These clones had been acquired years before the epidemic and stored in suspended animation in liquid nitrogen). Roughly a century later, when the “all clear” for absence of the Ebola Q-strain mutant on the Earth has been biologically verified, these “celebrity clones” are given birth on the Moon and raised to adulthood by robotic guides and caretakers. The story then centers on the development of fourteen spirited “celebrity clones” who must find ways to realistically coexist, and then to ultimately return a human presence to our now Ebola-free blue planet. This sounds like quite a challenge, and in fact, that’s just what it is.
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