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Survival marks a milestone for Canadian science fiction writer Julie E. Czerneda: Not only is it the first book in her Species Imperative trilogy -- which examines the impact of alien species' innate biological drives in a universe where humankind coexists with dozens of sentient races -- it is her very first hardcover release!
Doctor Mackenzie "Mac" Connor is the co-administrator of the Norcoast Salmon Research Facility in British Columbia. The reclusive scientist loves her job studying local populations of salmon but when her work is unexpectedly interrupted by a visit from a seven-limbed, blue, alien archeologist; her world is turned upside down within a matter of hours. The alien, named Brymn, informs Mac that she is the only hope not only for the survival of humankind but also, potentially, for several other sentient races as well. According to Brymn, a race of destroyers that has mastered stealth technology known as the Ro has created the Chasm, a far-reaching swath through space where all life forms on life-capable planets have been eradicated. When Mac's best friend is kidnapped and her research facility attacked, she reluctantly joins forces with the blue alien to unravel the mystery of the Ro -- but what she finds is more terrifying than she could've ever imagined.
Plain and simple: This is Czerneda's best work to date. Paul Goat Allen