|Space (2000) [Novel]|
by Stephen Baxter
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If they existed, they would be here - this is the Fermi paradox concerning the existance of extraterrestrials. Once it confirmed Melenfants opinion that humanity was alone in the universe. But when Nemoto, a Japanese researcher on the Moon, discovers evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence in the solar system, the same paradox provokes both Melenfant and Nemoto to question why now? Because, suddenly, there are signs of intellegent life in deep space in all directions. Deeper layers of Fermi's paradox unravel as robot-like aliens, the Gaijin, seem to be e-mailing themselves from star to star, and wherever telescopes point, far away, other alien races are destroying worlds.
In the face of this onslaught from the stars, Melenfant sets out alone in a salvaged antique spacecraft to make contact with the Gaijin. In response the Gaijin come to Earth in their beautiful silver flower-ships but not to save mankind. They trawl through the archives of human culture for their own mysterious reasons. In their wake, recreated marvels of prehistoric life once more roam the Earth, including those homonids driven to extinction by man. But the Gaijin have more questions than answers.
As other aliens approach in a blaze of destruction there is no comfort in recalling Nemoto's certainty that all this has happened before, over and over. But in the soul of Melenfant, in the dreams of the new Neanderthals, and in Nemoto's obsessive loathing of all aliens there are glimmers of hope that the cycle can be broken.
Original title: Space
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Alien Beings