Author(s): Peter Watts
FIRST CONTACT: 13 FEBRUARY 2082. The day sixty-five thousand objects burned briefly around Earth: an unexplained moment of surveillance by an alien intelligence. We called it Firefall. Two months later, we sent the Theseus reconnaisance mission into deep space. Somewhere past Jupiter, we lost contact. For the last twenty-five years we have waited for word. No further sightings of "fireflies" have been reported. But all this is about to change. For a man hiding in the Oregon desert is about to play a key role in the next stage of human evolution. And first he must find the Theseus mission...
Peter Watts is a science-fiction writer and a marine-mammal biologist. He is the author of the Rifters trilogy, and has received the Aurora, Hugo, and Locus awards. Watts lives in Toronto. Find out more at: www.rifters.com