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In the year 1998, a group of scientists works desperately to communicate with the scientists of 1962, warning of an ecological disaster that will destroy the oceans in the future—if it is not averted in the past.
At the turn of the new millennium, nearly a dozen U.S., Russian, and Japanese robot missions have been sent to Mars…all in preparation for the first humans who will walk on the Red Planet. Now science fiction master Gregory Benford, recipient of multiple honors including two Nebula Awards and the United Nations Medal in Literature, presents a powerful and realistic novel that captures the conflict, suspense, and drama of this coming adventure, and of the new century’s great space challenge…The Martian Race. For American John Axelrod, it’s not about nationalism or personal fame. It’s about the money: the Mars Prize, a $30 billion purse offered for the first successful manned mission to the Red Planet. When NASA becomes bogged down in politics and bureaucracy, businessman Axelrod and a conglomerate of backers seize their chance.
But for astronauts Julia; her husband, Viktor; Marc; and Raoul-Axelrod’s team of ex-NASAnauts-it’s not about wealth…[more]
The third novel in the award-winning author’s classic Galactic Center series is available once again. “A challenging, pacesetting work of hard science fiction that should not be missed.” —Los Angeles Times.
On the poisonous, icy surface of Ganymede, a man and a boy are on a deadly hunt. Their prey is the Aleph—an unknowable alien artifact that roamed and ruled Ganymede for countless millennia. Indescribable, infinitely dangerous, the Aleph haunts men’s dreams and destroys all efforts to terraform Ganymede into a habitable planet. Now in a modern world ancient struggle is joined, as a boy seeks manhood, a man seeks enlightenment, and a society seeks the power to rule the universe. On the poisonous, icy surface of Ganymede, a man and a boy are on a hunt for the Aleph—an alien artifact that ruled Ganymede for countless millenia, Infinitely dangerous, the Aleph haunts men’s dreams and destroys all efforts to terraform Ganymede into an habitable planet. Now an ancient struggle is joined, as a boy seeks manhood, a man seeks enlightenment, and a society seeks the power to rule the universe.
A gripping, masterfully written adventure set against the violent beauty of a planet in the throes of cataclymic transformation, Against Infinity is Gregory Benford’s timeless portrait of a young man’s comming of age.
2019: NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy the comet, he discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe—a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal…
2034: A reply is heard. Searching for the source of this signal that comes from outside the solar system, Nigel discovers the existence of a sentient ship. When the new vessel begins to communicate directly with him, the astronaut learns of the horrors that await humanity. The ship was created by an alien race that has spent billions and billions of years searching for intelligent life…to annihilate it.