Intelligence, it turns out, is rareon planetary surfaces. It thrives everywhere else, from the Oort-cloud fringes of star systems to the magma furnaces beneath planetary crusts. And among the most powerful of the galaxys intelligences, there are profound differences of opinion about how to deal with surface life-forms such as human beings.
For, untold light years from Earth, the powers that rule the universe have been, for millennia, plucking humans (and other intelligent beings) from Earth and forcibly resettling them in a number of star systems close to one another, leaving them to develop on their own. A few generations ago, a small cadre of humans from Earths 21st century arrived in this Second Sphere on their own powerthe first humans ever to do so. Their descendants have formed the Cosmonaut class that dominates Mingulay. Now, two hundred years later, Gregor Cairns and a small group of associates have rediscovered faster-than-light travel and traveled to the star system next door. Theyre determined to find more of the original, mysteriously long-lived cosmonauts. They want answers. And for those answers, they intend to interrogate the gods.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 106.68 x 170.18 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
- 20 Jan 2003
- Tor Books
- United States
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