In a future world dominated by a neural-link web where people can tune into live events and revolutions can be instantly sparked, an active alien communication device is discovered in orbit around the Earth, triggering an international upheaval of fear, hope and violence.
Those who ignore the mistakes of the future are bound to make them.
- Joseph Miller
To "Tether Joe" Carroll, who spins real space lariats . . . and "Doc" Sheldon Brown, who teaches time travelers . . .
. . . and Ralph Vicinanza, who helped many dreams and dreamers to thrive.
what matters? do i? or ai? + the question spins
I. I, AMPHORUM
The universe had two great halves.
"Silly," she chides. "Don't you know by now? "Everything changes."
THE END . . . . . . of Existence . . .
The question that will decide our destiny is not whether we shall expand into space. It is: shall we be one species or a million? A million species will not exhaust the ecological niches that are awaiting the arrival of intelligence.
Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".
Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer - a message in a bottle, an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.