Echoes of Earth (Orphans #1) - Sean Williams, Shane Dix
In the early 22nd century, humans have shed their bodies to travel through space. Produced through nanotechnology, their electronic reproductions, known as engrams, have been sent on fact-finding missions throughout the known universe - searching for signs of alien life... As the crew of a survey ship watches, ten orbital towers are constructed around an uninhabited planet's equator - by unidentifiable, spindle-shaped entities. Then, without any attempt at communication, the spindles withdraw. Cautiously exploring the towers, Peter Alander finds what appear to be gifts from a technologically-advanced race, including a faster-than-light ship. But when Alander pilots the shop back to Earth with news of the unprecedented event, he may be giving humanity a gift it can't afford to accept...
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Release date: 2002
Genres: science fiction
Updated: September 07, 2010

Orphans :: Series

Echoes of Earth (Orphans #1)
Orphans of Earth (Orphans #2)
Heirs of Earth (Orphans #3)