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Who Dares Play Games with the Snakes?
The name of the game is B'tok. It's how the alien Snakes learn military strategy -- and the game makes for an excellent teacher. B'tok is to chess as chess is to rock-paper-scissors. You do not want to tick off Snakes -- especially when aggrieved Snakes may be the least of your worries. This thrilling adventure moves the story of the InterstellarNet forward as only Edward M. Lerner could do it.
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When the First Call from the Stars Comes, Do We Even Dare to Answer?
Life changes for everyone in general—and for physicist Dean Matthews in particular—when astronomers detect a radio signal from a nearby star. First Contact forces humanity to face hard questions, and do it fast. Every answer spawns new questions. Every solution sets in motion a new and more daunting crisis to challenge Dean, his family—and an expanding number of interstellar civilizations—for generations to come.
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InterstellarNet: New Order
The next chapter in Edward M. Lerner’s InterstellarNet saga is a startling adventure of Second Contact, up-front and in-person. Humanity is about to discover that meeting aliens face to face is very different—and a lot more dangerous—than sending and receiving messages. Good fences, said the poet, make good neighbors … and interstellar distances made very good fences. Or so we thought .… Earth and its interstellar neighbors have been in radio contact for a century and a half. A vigorous commerce in intellectual property has accelerated technical progress for all the species involved. Ideas, riding on radio waves, routinely cross interstellar space—almost like neighbors chatting over the interstellar back fence. But there is a way over, or under, or around, almost any fence. Sooner or later, when we least expect it, the neighbors, friendly or otherwise, are going to pay a call....InterstellarNet: New Order chronicles the startling events of Second Contact, upfront and personal, as humanity discover that meeting aliens face to face is very different—and a lot more dangerous—than sending and receiving messages.
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Book Three of the InterstellarNet Saga. Contact with other intelligent races in nearby star systems seemed to have answered the age-old question at the center of the Fermi Paradox: Where is everybody? But when Joshua Matthews lands a new job that will give him access to vast new troves of data on the subject, suddenly everything goes wrong for him. Someone is sabotaging his life. Finding out why leads in astonishing and dangerous directions. It is as if he has tugged on one thread, very gently -- and caused everything humanity knows about its place in the universe to unravel, while awakening the enmity of unsuspected ancient powers.
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Will our first contact with aliens be the dawn of a new tomorrow—or the last act in human history? Will our first contact with aliens be the dawn of a new tomorrow—or the last act in human history? The moon has suddenly acquired its own satellite: a two-mile-across starship that represents a hitherto unsuspected Galactic Commonwealth. The F’thk, a vaguely centaur-like member species for whom Earth’s ecology is hospitable, have been sent to evaluate humanity for prospective membership. The F’thk are overtly friendly but very private – “Information is a trade good.” As Earth’s scientists struggle to understand their secretive appraisers, odd inconsistencies emerge. As troubling as those anomalies is the re-emergence of a bit of insanity humanity thought it had outgrown: Cold War and nuclear saber-rattling. The Galactics’ arrival may signify the start of a glorious new era, or it may presage the cataclysmic end of human civilization. Which outcome do the aliens really desire ... And what will they do if humanity refuses to play its assigned role?
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What if First Contact doesn’t come the way we expect it—or with the sort of aliens we expect?
When both sides have secrets within secrets to keep, how is anyone supposed to know the truth—or live long enough to tell it? Will it turn out to be the greatest discovery of all time … or the biggest hoax? Bob Hanson, the chief scientist of a major aerospace corporation, has made an incredible discovery: a wrecked alien spacecraft adrift in the Asteroid Belt. The evidence is compelling—video images from the Prospector space probe he himself had created. The military enthusiastically embraces an investigation of the extraterrestrials, remarkably indifferent to the inconsistencies that begin to appear.Undeterred, Hanson keeps digging … and finds much more than he had ever bargained for. Soon on the lam, he, and everyone to whom he turns, is hunted. Before long only one conclusion remains unassailable—that his mysterious opponents play for keeps.Are aliens manipulating events on Earth? Did unscrupulous corporate executives invent the aliens in search of giga-buck government contracts? Has the Pentagon fabricated an alien menace for its own purposes?Or is the truth something really unimaginable?
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Frontiers of Space, Time and Thought
Edward M. Lerner brings together some of his most intriguing essays and improbable stories together in this collection, combining a storyteller's imagination with the solid technical expertise of a phyicist and engineer. Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought brings together more than a dozen of Edward M. Lerner’s most engaging short stories to take the reader on a grand tour of Big Ideas: from virtual reality to artificial intelligence to homicidal time-traveling grandchildren to troubled aliens wondering if they are alone. Journey along in these beguiling tales as we start by colonizing near-Earth space—and end up in the farthest reaches of the multiverse. Lerner’s novels and short fiction have intrigued fans around the world—and this collection will show you why.
But truth can be stranger than fiction—and Lerner is not just a writer; he’s a professional computer engineer and physicist. His fact articles have pride of place in this collection, and they pose some Really Big Questions. How can we protect Earth from asteroids? What will commercialized spaceflight be like in the post-shuttle era? What will privacy (or the lack thereof) mean in the Internet age? He lays out the why, where, and (perhaps the) how of faster-than-light travel; and the challenges of communicating with alien species. Expanded and updated with the latest information, and with full references and links to further reading, these essays will take you to and beyond the Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought.
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A Time Foreclosed
Where are all the time travelers? If it is possible to move between past and future, shouldn't someone from somewhen in all the infinite reaches of the future have visited by now? The good news is, there are answers to those questions. But then, there's the bad news....What if a man could go forward in time to learn about the future—and then backwards in time to correct a dreadful mistake? But what if going back in time was, in and of itself, the most terrible mistake possible?Could things really be that bad? A life's journey that started off bending—and breaking—a few real estate laws couldn't really wind up ending life as we know it? That would have to be impossible. Or would it?Previously published as "Time Out," this mind-bending story will keep readers guessing until the final page. Includes the bonus story "Grandpa?"—one of Edward M. Lerner's most popular tales.
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