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Penguin Putnam
Something-or somebody-has left a series of satellites in orbit around various planets in the galaxy. Now a crew sets off to discover the origin of the satellites-and learn if mankind is no longer alone among the stars.

Baker & Taylor
When someone--or something--leaves a series of mysterious satellites orbiting around diverse planets in the galaxy, a crew sets out to uncover the origins of the satellites and their potential danger to humankind.

Blackwell North Amer
On a routine survey mission studying a neutron star, an Academy starship receives a transmission in an unknown language. Before leaving the area, the starship launches a series of satellites to find the signal - and perhaps discover its origins.
Five years later, a satellite finally encounters the signal - which is believed to be of extraterrestrial origin by the Contact Society, a wealthy group of enthusiasts who fund research into the existence of alien life. Providing a starship for the academy to be piloted by Captain Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins, the Contact Society embarks on a mission to find the source of the transmission. Across a myriad of stars, from world to world, Hutch and her crew follow the signal, but find only puzzles and lethal surprises.
Then, in a planetary system far beyond the bounds of previous exploration, they discover an object. It is immense, ominous and mysterious. And it may hold the answer not only to the questions of the Contact Society, but to those of every person who has ever looked to the sky and wondered if we were alone.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780441009381
Branch Call Number: SF McDevitt, J 100.3 2002
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 08, 2018

You would think that a society with faster than light travel would be a little smarter than to constantly keep touching the hot stove. Not our fearless travelers looking for the first "real" contact with a race that keeps trying to tell our heroes to back off. Genetic trimming in space and the next book will likely show us how mean they can get.

Jan 27, 2013

Chindi --- by Jack mcDevitt ---
There’s more than a whiff oif Robert Heinlein about this book. Just the boys and girls (well, not literally) of the Contact Society on a good jolly romp across Space in persuit of Aliens. We go looking for aliens, but it seems to be our own face looking back at us. The thing us, look as much as we may, we n ever actually find these aliens. Well, not really. McDevitt has certainly put together a super novel. An adventure story, really, with a ton of suspense. This is Science Fiction in the best tradition of the old masters of the craft. This is the stuff of which a good flic could be made. A fantastic book.


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