By Jack McDevitt
November 2011 Retail ePub
We are alone. that's the verdict, after centuries of look for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence missions and house exploration. the one residing issues within the Universe are chanced on at the 9 Worlds settled from Earth, and the starships that knit them jointly. Or so it's believed, until eventually Dr. Kimberly Brandywine units out to discover what occurred to her clone-sister Emily, who, after the ultimate, unsuccessful manned SETI day trip, disappeared in addition to the remainder of her ship's crew.
Following a couple of ominous clues, Kim discovers the ship's log was once faked. anything occurred available in the market within the darkness among the celebrities, and she's ready to visit any size to discover solutions. whether it ability giving up her career...stealing a starship...losing her lover. Kim is ready to find the reality approximately her sister -- and approximately greater than she ever dared think.
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