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Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.
Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there's something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn't on the decades' old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth's infomesh about an "alien artifact."
Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.
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Marvelous and inspiring.
Every time I set this book down, I started thinking. A lot. Not just about the book, but about life and humanity. This book is not one you want to miss, a must read in my opinion.
A marvelous SF story with more great ideas per page than most books.
The novel has a slow start but once the various pieces begin falling into place (about 1/4 of the book later) the novel becomes quite good. Thought provoking, original and eventually a page turner though not at the start. Some characters are a bit cliched at times.