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I first read this in August 2001.
Are there aliens out there?
There's certainly been no sign of them up to now. From an observatory on
the moon Tomoko Nemoto discovers what may be the far-away traces of
alien spacecraft destroying worlds for fuel.
But there seem to be rather a lot of them, and they may be coming this
Dauntless Reid Malenfant sets out alone to make contact with the alien
I feel like I've read about a dozen Reid Malenfant novels, and I'm
almost sure I've read this one before.
Generally I loathe those books that start with a nice little group of
people sorting out everyday problems but end up with one or two of them
transported down the ages to the far future, seeing the growth and
gradual decline of the human race, and frequently, the ending of the
But this time, I slowly began to grasp the grandeur of the situation,
as Tomoko and Reid and the others struggle to survive down through the
So in the end I rather came round to the idea that this might
be quite a good book, and that some people might consider it a great
The book also introduced me to the Fermi paradox concerning the
existence of aliens: "They're not here, so therefore they do not exist".
This is an intriguing but ridiculous argument.
Loaded on the 17th February 2002.