by David Brin
OUR CONTINUED EXISTENCE WAS NEVER A GIVEN. Year after year, humanity has survived the main pitfalls awaiting us - natural disasters, nuclear war, rising seas.
But when an alien artefact is found floating in Earth's orbit, it pushes our troubled world to the brink of chaos. Is this a message in a bottle bringing peace and enlightenment from the stars? Or a warning, threatening to destroy what little stability mankind has achieved?
The world is divided - holding its breath. Soon we will know the secret of existence. Brilliant and gripping, David Brin's novel of the near future is the work of a modern master of science fiction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 688 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/11/2012
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780356501734
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Review by AlanPoulter
Existence is a door stopper of a book but big is not always best. The tragedy is that if this work had been slimmed down drastically and published as short fiction it would attain classic status for its inventive riffing on the Fermi Paradox: if there is life out there, why have we not found it yet? Yet as a bloated novel, which is padded out by way too much authorial riffing around the core theme, and some very wooden story vignettes which add very little to the overall concept, it becomes a bore. Another option would be to make a film of it, but as a novel it is a bloated, plodding dud.