Born at this wrong end of time so that he can sense things that haven't happened yet is Danty Ward, a black ""reb"" in an America in the hands of the military industrial complex, Energetics General, and no less safe from the prejudices within or the pressures without (the East Bloc). It is Danty then who vibes to the infiltration of alien Sheklov and then proves via self-destruct that the old ... More-fashioned virtue of self-sacrifice is still valid. Not the personal undertow of the earlier Quicksand but the things that haven't happened yet ring contemporary changes on tomorrow.
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In a near future where a paranoid America has sealed itself off from the rest of the world by a vast and complicated defense system, a young Russian scientist infiltrates all defenses to tell an almost unbelievable and truly terrifying story. At the outer reaches of the solar system, near Pluto, has been detected a superior form of intelligent life, far smarter than man and in possession of technology that makes it immune to attack from human weaponry and strong enough to easily destroy planet Earth. Can humans set aside their differences and mutual fears to work together and defeat a common enemy? For each generation, there is a writer meant to bend the rules of what we know. Hugo Award winner (Best Novel, Stand on Zanzibar) and British science fiction master John Brunner remains one of the most influential and respected authors of all time, and now many of his classic works are being reintroduced. For readers familiar with his vision, it is a chance to reexamine his thoughtful worlds and words, while for new readers, Brunner's work proves itself the very definition of timeless.… (more)