Space (Manifold Trilogy, Book 2) by Stephen Baxter

By Stephen Baxter

The 12 months is 2020. Fueled via an insatiable interest, Reid Malenfant ventures to the a ways fringe of the sunlight approach, the place he discovers an odd artifact left at the back of via an alien civilization: A gateway that services as one of those quantum transporter, permitting nearly on the spot go back and forth over the significant distances of interstellar area. What lies at the different aspect of the gateway? Malenfant comes to a decision to determine. but he'll quickly be confronted with an very unlikely selection that may push him past terror, past sanity, past humanity itself. in the meantime in the world the japanese scientist Nemoto fears her worst nightmares are coming precise. Startling discoveries show that the Moon, Venus, even Mars as soon as thrived with life--life that used to be snuffed out not only as soon as yet again and again, in cycles of beginning and destruction. And the following chilling cycle is decided to start back . . .

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