A "first contact" sci-fi novel by one of my very favourite modern sci-fi authors. Ben bova blends hard sci-fi technology with the soft sci-fi ideas, philosophies and emotions with a masterful flair. If you've never read Ben Bova this is a great starting place.
In the 1980s the world is still under threat of nuclear annihilation, memories of the Bay of Pigs nightmare are still fresh and the Cold War is still very much a fact in the world's political life. Carl Sagan is at the height of his popularity. UFO sightings still occur with astonishing regularity. SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) is making headlines in the popular scientific press. The right wing fundamentalist Christian movement in the USA is gathering a full head of steam and … more