The Secret of Lifeby Paul McAuley
Winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick Awards, Paul McAuley has emerged as one of the most exciting new talents in science fiction.
2026: A strange fungus-like organism is growing in the Pacific Ocean, threatening Earths entire food chain. Christened the slick, this bizarre lifeform contains alien DNA that may have come from the planet Mars. Dr. Mariella Anders is recruited by NASA to join an urgent mission to the Red Planet to search for life beneath Mars polar icecapand perhaps uncover the secret of the slick. But who can she trust to safeguard one of the greatest scientific discoveries in human history?
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Paul J. McAuley (born 1955) is a British botanist, award-winning author, and self-described science junkie. By training a biologist, he writes mostly hard science fiction, dealing with themes such as biotechnology, alternate history/alternate reality, and space travel.