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by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

2009 Science Fiction Novel Nominee

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This is classic sci-fi, a well-told tale of dangerous exploration. The first-person narration makes the reader an eyewitness to the vast, silent realms of deep space, where even the smallest error will bring disaster. Compellingly human and technically absorbing, the suspense builds to fevered intensity, culminating in an explosive yet plausible conclusion.

Boss specializes in salvaging abandoned spacecraft, but her real love is their historical value. When a blip on her sensors leads her to a derelict ship, she's astounded to discover it's a Dignity Vessel, a 5,000-year-old Earth-made ship that should not still exist.

One member of Boss' team is panic-stricken. Squishy spent years in the military, trying to recreate the tech on old ships, with disastrous results. She urges Boss to blow up the vessel, but Boss is determined to uncover the secrets of the past. (PYR, Nov., 267 pp., $16.00)

Reviewed By: Gail Pruszkowski

Publisher: PYR

Published: November 2009

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