Author: William WallingISBN 1-58939-412-7 (Softcover)
ISBN 1-58939-428-3 (eBook)
Perplexed after a series of inexplicable appearances, Cosmologist Roger Shore is dismayed when an unearthly stranger materializes aboard orbiting Galileo Observatory and pointedly questions him about faster-than-light spacecraft development. Further baffled when only his voice registers on a recording of the exchange, Shore becomes fascinated when Galileo's director reveals the existence of a clandestine effort to make interstellar flight a reality. Sponsored by Alexis Lemmon, wealthy daughter of the revered Nobelist who "fathered" thermonuclear fusion power, Project Demeter was founded on the technological quantum leap achieved by a Chinese physicist. Invited to lend their expertise, Shore and a colleague join the intrepid crew in transit to Demeter's base in the asteroid belt, far from prying eyes among the sunward planets, where earthly Third World "have-nots" would violently oppose a profligate waste of resources on some fairy tale like starflight. The base's total isolation leaves Demeter's personnel vulnerable to hindrance and then near-lethal interference from a malicious, dedicated alien entity, for the stakes, Shore and his associates learn, are infinitely greater than they can imagine. Reaching the nearest star system-a culture-defining benchmark as well as triumph of technology-will apparently qualify humanity for inclusion in a vast, unnamed forum of intergalactic intelligences.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William Walling, a lifelong Californian, is a former aerospace engineer (Lockheed Missiles & Space Company). He was employed during the Desert Storm conflict by a Menlo Park producer of Flight Motion Simulators, and most recently as technical journalist for a supplier of Global Positioning Systems.Bill and Judy live in the heart of Silicon Valley, and have three daughters, and one grandson. Bill has published three novels which are no longer in print, plus science articles and numerous magazine novelettes and short stories, all of the latter in the speculative fiction genre. He has only recently returned to writing fiction. His hobbies are films, music and astronomy.
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