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Learning The World A novel of first contact by Ken MacLeod
  

Learning The World A novel of first contact

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Learning The World A novel of first contact by Ken MacLeod

The great sunliner 'But the Sky, My Lady! The Sky!' is nearing the end of a four-hundred-year journey. A ship-born generation is tense with expectation for the new system that is to be their home. Expecting to find nothing more complex than bacteria and algae, the detection of electronic signals from one of the planets comes as a shock. In millennia of slow expansion, humanity has never encountered aliens, and yet these new signals cannot be ignored. They suspect a fast robot probe has overtaken them, and send probes of their own to investigate.On a world called Ground, whose inhabitants are struggling into the age of radio, petroleum and powered flight, a young astronomer searching for distant planets detects an anomaly that he presumes must be a comet. His friend, a brilliant foreign physicist, calculates the orbit, only to discover an anomaly of his own. The comet is slowing down ...

Reviews

Ken MacLeod outdoes himself with Learning the World. . . don't miss this one * ANALOG * A beautiful piece of stylish writing. . . Gripping and convincing * STARBURST * A charismatic, inventive story of space travel and discovery * SFX * Mind-expanding science fiction at its best; it is no surprise that it has been shortlisted for all the main science fiction awards. * THE TIMES *


About the Author

Since graduating from Glasgow University in 1976, Ken MacLeod has worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full-time.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th May 2006

Author

Ken MacLeod

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Publisher

Orbit an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Science fiction

ISBN

9781841493442

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