This is book number 3 in the Star Quest Trilogy series.
A new chapter in Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova's hard science fiction Star Quest series unfolds in Survival.
A human team sent to scout a few hundred lightyears in front of the death wave encounters a civilization far more advanced, a civilization of machine intelligences.
These sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons, and have survived earlier “death waves,” gamma ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. Self-sufficient and completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, they have no interest saving other civilizations, organic or machine.
Now that the humans have discovered them, they refuse to allow them to leave their planet, reasoning that other humans will inevitably follow if they learn of their existence.
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“ This is thoughtful, humanist SF with a finely sharpened scientific edge, an absolute gem of the genre.”—The Nameless Zine
“[Bova’s] excellence at combining hard science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of the genre’s most accessible and entertaining storytellers.” —Library Journal
“Impressive.” —Kirkus Reviews on Titan
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