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Existence by David Brin
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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.
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    Time by Stephen Baxter (Aarontay)
    Aarontay: Another resolution of the Fermi's Paradox.
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    Space by Stephen Baxter (Aarontay)
    Aarontay: Another attempt to explain the Femi's Paradox.

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If possible I would give the first 400 pages 5 stars and the last 160, 2 stars. I'll explain later. ( )
1 vote ShaneBX | Feb 4, 2020 |
The gap between what I was anticipating and what is presented (more than authored) is too wide - too bad :( ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
So far...hardcore sci-fi in the best way possible...tons to feast your mind on, so much complexity (and tiny print) that at times you just have to stop and sit for awhile to take it all in. Not the kind of book, though, you can afford to read if you don't have some time to commit to it. There are points in the novel when I'm tempted to put a stop it all, but there's something about Existence that just won't let go...
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
Doubles as a work of fiction while also tackling the Fermi paradox. All over the place and disjoint. ( )
  anandrajan | Apr 16, 2018 |
60 pages in and there's only been like 5 pages related to the summary. I quit. ( )
  shorte | Feb 26, 2018 |
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Those who ignore the mistakes of the future are bound to make them.

- Joseph Miller
To "Tether Joe" Carroll, who spins real space lariats . . .
"Doc" Sheldon Brown, who teaches time travelers . . .

. . . and Ralph Vicinanza,
who helped many dreams and dreamers to thrive.
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what matters? do i? or ai? + the question spins

The universe had two great halves.
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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.

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