The Eternity Artifact

The Eternity Artifact

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
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The Eternity Artifact by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

5,000 years in the future, humankind has spread across thousands of worlds, and more than a dozen different governments exist in an uneasy truce. But human beings have found no signs of other life anywhere approaching human intelligence.

This changes when scientists discover a sunless planet they name Danann, travelling the void just beyond the edge of the Galaxy at such a high speed that it cannot be natural. Its continents and oceans have been sculpted and shaped, with but a single megaplex upon it—close to perfectly preserved—with tens of thousands of near-identical metallic-silver-blue towers set along curved canals. Yet Danann has been abandoned for so long that even the atmosphere has frozen solid. Within a few years Danann will approach an area of singularities that will make exploration and investigation impossible.

Orbital shuttle pilot Jiendra Chang, artist Chendor Barna, and history professor Liam Fitzhugh are recruited by the Comity government and its Deep Space Service, along with scores of other experts as part of an unprecedented and unique expedition to unravel Danann's secrets. And there are forces that will stop at nothing to prevent them, even if it means interstellar war.

Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

The Saga of Recluce

The Imager Portfolio

The Corean Chronicles

The Spellsong Cycle

The Ghost Books

The Ecolitan Matter

The Forever Hero

Timegod's World

Other Books

The Green Progression

Hammer of Darkness

The Parafaith War


Gravity Dreams

The Octagonal Raven

Archform: Beauty

The Ethos Effect


The Eternity Artifact

The Elysium Commission

Viewpoints Critical


Empress of Eternity

The One-Eyed Man

Solar Express

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765353450
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 815,053
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 4.30(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
It has been five millennia since mankind has colonized planets all over the galaxy. Three main power groups control various worlds. The Comity has a humanistic worldview The Covenanters are a Christian sect who believes that the Comity and the Sunnite Alliance (Muslims) are heretics who don¿t believe in God but in themselves or a different deity the Sunnite Alliance are the mirror image of the Covenanters. It is because of these divisions and previous armed conflicts that Comity doesn¿t tell anyone about the journey they are making to a sunless world named Danann................... It is racing through the universe at an unheard of speed, a perfectly formed world with only one city on it preserved by the frozen ice that encrusts the planet. In a few years it will go where humanity cannot travel so an expedition is mounted to explore the world, looking for technology, artifacts and a hunt for what kind of aliens created such a world since humans have yet to encounter other intelligent life. Spies on board the ship and an attack by Sunnite warships try to prevent the Comity from bringing back what is on Danann, either because they want it or they believe it is a product of Satan and will usher in Armageddon................... Readers who like great space opera will find THE ETERNITY ARTIFACT a fantastic reading experience. The characters are well developed and their motivations are understandable to the audience. It is fascinating to watch the various members of the expedition explore an alien made world and interpolate theories from what they find there (mindful of the cult classic movie Fillard Millmore). Mr. Modesitt has written an exciting work that contends that political and religious differences that exist today will remain as dogmatic as ever in the future regardless of technology................. Harriet Klausner
sdgjake More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable book overall. I especially enjoyed the main characters and the difference in the writing for each. The story was good and had some very interesting elements. The one thing that got to me was how it was written like an allegory in how it dealt with the different polities and how they reacted to the events of the book. However this was much more direct in that it basically took various groups from present day Earth. Overall it was a good read, but I don't see myself ever reading this book again. Nor will I particularly recommend it to most of my friends.
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