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Starbound by Joe Haldeman
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441018178
Date: 05 January 2010 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

One of the long standing themes of SF has been the omniscient alien race that's judging humanity, typically to find us wanting. In Joe Haldeman's Starbound, humanity narrowly escapes being wiped off the face of the Earth, then immediately builds a starship to travel to the Other's homeworld and ask them if they really meant it, or could we all just get along. The answer will and won't surprise you, but what's not unexpected is that Haldeman has some new ideas about our place in the cosmos and how we fit in.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Carmen Dula and her husband have spent six years travelling to a distant solar system that is home to the enigmatic, powerful race known as "The Others," in the hopes of finding enough common purpose between their species to forge a delicate truce.

By the time Carmen and her party return, fifty years have been consumed by relativity-and the Earthlings have not been idle, building a massive flotilla of warships to defend Earth against The Others. But The Others have more power than any could imagine-and they will brook no insolence from the upstart human race.

(Source: Ace)

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