We can merge the hole ships, and like the Yuhl we can jump from system to system, taking what we need to keep our fleet functioning. You were talking in your sleep again. He felt nothing of the sort for her. The array of hole ships docked in the upper orbits of Rasmussen was empty of his spoor, as were the gifts themselves. When the Starfish were unknown, they were vast and terrifying. None of the options is particularly attractive, none offers much hope for survival.
The way she had organized the resistance from Sothis had proved that she was capable of great things and that her ambition was clear. The memory of the destruction of her home was indelibly burned into her mind, and like a recently formed scar, it itched terribly. The Yuhl cautiously accept humanity as a possible running partner, should the engrams be forced to abandon their worlds. Sean is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar and Aurealis Awards. It was true: he had to find his own center of gravity, to haul himself out of his doldrums. All the Gifts did, though, was draw down the wrath of the Starfish, another alien race apparently intent on wiping out all forms of competition.
And then— She paused, allowing a faint echo to underline the significance of the silence with which she presaged her next words. Sean is a prolific writer. Earth has been destroyed, and the natural order of things destroyed with it. Reeling from the double whammy, Hatzis and Alander retreat to avoid destruction at the hands of these new aliens, the Starfish. By following the hails of another colony contacted by the Spinners, they determine that the Starfish home in on the omnidirectional signals broadcast by the ftl communicators provided in the gifts. Of the 1,000-odd remaining engrams attending the meeting, approximately 800 had lost homes and missions to the aliens.
Sean completed a Masters in Creative Writing in 2005 and is currently a PhD candidate. What he got, though, was something entirely different. Something has swept through Upsilon Aquarius and erased all trace of the Frank Tipler. That makes me feel a whole lot better, Peter; thanks. She paused, half-expecting a reaction to this, but there was none. Why should I harbor any ill feelings toward you? Seeking assistance in studying the gifts, Peter Alander decides to take the ftl hole ship to Sol to see what has become of Earth.
There was emotion in the stare, but nothing he would have recognized as affection. Her skin had a similar honeyish hue that shone in nonexistent light. Are we immortal, Lucia had once asked him, or destined to die a thousand times? The only other possible place in orbit around. Her hair was highlighted in gold just the way he remembered. His books include the Books of the Catalcysm and with Shane Dix Evergence, Orphans and Geodesica series. Faced with almost certain annihilation, Caryl Hatzis, Peter Alander, and a crew of desperate beings hatch a last-ditch plan--they will take one small ship and attempt to penetrate the very heart of the Starfish fleet.
The memory of her laugh seemed to fill the hole ship cabin. The Starfish themselves are studied from afar to see if there is any way they can be thwarted. Twelve years after the missions are launched, all transmissions from Earth cease. The mysterious aliens known as the Spinners brought great gifts to humanity--and those Gifts brought great destruction in their wake. One system in Surveyed Space, pi-1 Ursa Major, has become a fatal trap for anyone who visits: of several hole ships sent to survey it, none have returned. The Gifts of an alien race called the Spinners gave Peter Alander hope for the future of humanity.
That small victory might have meant something in terms of morale building had it not led to the appearance of an entirely new class of Starfish craft, one so large it made the cutters look as insignificant as motes of dust. He could smell Hatzis on the mattress next to him: there were sense impressions stirring strange intimacies that seemed utterly incongruous. That was her way, her gift. It could be a fake designed to make us leave, to empty the colonies to allow her to take over! Her brown eyes stared at him out of that impossible space, no less powerful for being virtual. Now, the Spinners are gone--and the genocidal Starfish who came after them are continuing their reign of destruction. Meanwhile, forgotten on the edge of Surveyed Space, Thor has survived a deadly attempt on her life in pi-1 Ursa Major. He, too, had experienced the emotional trauma of seeing the world of his own mission on the Frank Tipler destroyed, along with all his crewmates.
But ultimately the last echoes of humanity are left with no certainties except the outcome before their own eyes. The United Near-Earth Stellar Survey Program dispatches 1,000 crewed missions to nearby stars in an attempt to explore terrestrial worlds identified by Earth-based detectors. It had worked, precariously, but subsequent events had shaken his confidence. He now has a real body, rather than a genetically engineered android body. Humanity learns ways to tease out new technology from the Gifts and from their new allies.
The battle is hard and costly, but the allies do manage to cripple a cutter, one of the mighty Starfish vessels. A single ship will leap into the very heart of the Starfish fleet, attempting to find reason where none exists';Space opera can be a very comforting, cozy mode, with its interstellar empires and royalty and guilds. The walls, floor, and ceiling retreated around him until he and the bed seemed to be hanging in a vast and giddying void. Hello, Peter, said Lucia Benck. The Yuhl trail the Spinners at a distance, collecting gifts where they are able to and always staying just one step ahead of the Starfish, which, together with the Spinners, they refer to as the Ambivalence. Who the Starfish and Spinners are, where they come from, why they behave as they do -- all are left essentially unanswered. On the brink of extinction, a suicide mission is humanity? The decision not to fight is taken out of their hands, however, when Frank Axford betrays both humanity and the Yuhl by drawing the Starfish down on the Mantissa in the system of Beid and forcing a confrontation.