By Joe Haldeman
Joe Haldeman offers an fascinating new story of Earth in the twenty-first century. Astronomy professor Aurora Bell will get a message from house that turns out to portend the arriving of extraterrestrials. in response to her calculations, whoever is coming will arrive in 3 months-on New Year's Day, to be unique. Earth is in chaos, suffering within the wake of nuclear battle and positively unprepared to stand invasion of any sort. however the extra Rory investigates, the extra she doubts the authenticity of the transmission. If the message is an intricate hoax, who is in the back of it, and why? And so the realm waits. however the query continues to be as to what, precisely, everyone seems to be ready for... "If there has been a castle Knox for the technology fiction writers who really count, we might need to lock Haldeman up there."-Stephen King"One of the easiest prophetic writers of our times."-David Brin"His prose is as transparent and enticing as his ideas."-New York instances ebook Review"One of our so much acutely aware, finished, and beneficial writers."-Peter Straub "Everything he is released is a thoughtfully well-paced, well-realized e-book, with fascinating characters and pleasant prose."-Asimov's technological know-how Fiction journal
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Well, we might want to redo them. " Marya squinted at the back of the crystal. " She asked the desk for the department roster, and it appeared on two screens. " "Berkeley. I called his office and left a message asking for an appointment. " "No one specializing … but Parker's pretty sharp. He does our radio astronomy courses, intro and advanced, and he's kept up on SETI. " She wrote his name and number down on a slip of paper. "Excited as I was … and will be again, looks like. " "It should be a good show.
She rolled her eyes. "Please. " She exhaled slowly. "I understand. You have the address? Right. " Norman smiled. " "No, it's out on the nets. " She stood up and sat back down. "Just how far away, how fast. " She gave him an exasperated look. " "Right. " She pointed at the column of words, stabbing. "This thing came in a burst of gamma rays. " "It's slowing down. " He frowned. " She waved the complications away. "Anyhow, I can tell how fast it's slowing down. From that … what it boils down to is that this thing popped into existence going the speed of light, exactly one-tenth of a light-year away, and it's decelerating at such a rate that it will reach Earth in exactly three months.
The smell was a magnet. No, not now. Her heart was already racing. Doctor said two cups a day. She pushed a button on the desk. "Previous," she said, and the diagram on the wallscreen was replaced by a double page of equations and numbers. "Previous," she said again, and got a double page of numbers and words. " The screen reconfigured and gave her a single magnified page of words. She stared at it and shook her head. It was an old and old-fashioned office, dating from before the turn of the century.