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Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress
Cover Artist: John Jude Palencar
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319869
Date: 17 February 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Award winning author Nancy Kress has crafted an exciting novel, Steal Across the Sky, that focuses on aliens who claim to have committed a crime against humanity some ten thousand years ago. Set in the near future, the aliens use the web to recruit volunteers to travel in space and "witness". What the volunteers are to witness remains unclear. The aliens send seven teams of three on voyages to selected binary planetary systems where the aliens claim to have settled human colonies. Each mission lands two members of each team, one on each twin planet. They are equipped with translator devices and personal protection shields. Weapons are optional.

From official release/information:

Product Description: The aliens appeared one day, built a base on the moon, and put an ad on the internet: "We are an alien race you may call the Atoners. Ten thousand years ago we wronged humanity profoundly.  We cannot undo what has been done, but we wish humanity to understand it.  Therefore we request twenty-one volunteers to visit seven planets to Witness for us.  We will convey each volunteer there and back in complete safety.  Volunteers must speak English. Send requests for electronic applications to witness@Atoners.com."

At first, everyone thought it was a joke.  But it wasn't.

This is the story of three of those volunteers, and what they found on Kular A and Kular B.

(Source: Tor Books)

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