InterstellarNet: Originsby Edward M. Lerner
Do We Even Dare to Answer?
Life changes for everyone in general--and for physicist Dean Matthews in particular--when astronomers detect a radio signal from a nearby star. First Contact forces humanity to face hard questions, and do it fast. Every answer spawns new questions. Every solution sets in motion a new and
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When the First Call from the Stars Comes,
Do We Even Dare to Answer?
Life changes for everyone in general--and for physicist Dean Matthews in particular--when astronomers detect a radio signal from a nearby star. First Contact forces humanity to face hard questions, and do it fast. Every answer spawns new questions. Every solution sets in motion a new and more daunting crisis to challenge Dean, his family--and an expanding number of interstellar civilizations--for generations to come.
Edward Lerner takes us from a first SETI detection to full scale interstellar net economics, with thrills along the way. No one had thought through what a working interstellar net would be like. Lerner has the professional heft to make sense of it, tell a story, and make us care. Good stuff, told in clear, quick prose. A groundbreaking job! --Gregory Benford, author of TIMESCAPE
"Lerner mixes physics, computer science, and economics into a series of very intellectually satisfying puzzles. Some of the puzzles involve understanding the alien, and some depend on understanding ourselves ... A very satisfying read, especially for the intellectually inclined." --Mike Brotherton, author of Spider Star
"One of the most original, believable, thoroughly thought-out, and utterly fascinating visions ever of what interstellar contact
might really be like." --Dr. Stanley Schmidt, Editor, Analog Magazine
Meet the Author
Edward M. Lerner has degrees in physics, computer science, and business administration, background that kept him mostly out of trouble until he began writing full-time. His books include the novels Probe, Moonstruck, Fools’ Experiments, and Small Miracles. His short fiction has appeared in Analog, Artemis, Asimov’s, Darker Matter, Jim Baen’s Universe, anthologies, and the collection Creative Destruction. He also writes the occasional nonfiction technology article.
In collaboration with Larry Niven, Ed writes the Fleet of Worlds series novels, so far including Fleet of Worlds, Juggler of Worlds, Destroyer of Worlds, and Betrayer of Worlds. The four novels, set in Niven’s “Known Space,” are prequels to the Nebula-, Hugo-, and Locus Award-winning Ringworld.
Lerner lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.
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