After the Ural Caspian Oil War, nobody really trusted the EU government.
So why should their extraordinary announcement of first contact with alien intelligence be believed?
Matt Cairns thinks he can discover the truth. It is out there, but much, much further away than he could have imagined. Thousands of light-years from Earth, a human colony is struggling for survival.
The world on which they have settled, however, has already been inhabited by humans - and other intelligent species from Earth - for millennia.
In that ancient division of labour, humans do have a place.
But where is it? Twenty-first-century political intrigue becomes space opera on an epic scale in Ken MacLeod's first book in a dazzling new series.
His most ambitious novel to date, it will take one of Britain's most exciting new science fiction authors to even greater heights of success and critical acclaim.
More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 05/05/2001
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781841490670