New Earth (The Grand Tour)
by Ben Bova (Read by Stefan Rudnicki)
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Blackstone Audio MP3 CD ISBN/ITEM#: 9781470842499
Date: 16 July 2013
List Price $29.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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From official release/information:
Product Description: We've found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets does it hold?
The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new, Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of water and a breathable, oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to learn more, an exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth.
All the explorers understand that they are essentially on a one-way mission. The trip takes eighty years each way, so even if they are able to get back to Earth, nearly two hundred years will have elapsed. They will have aged only a dozen years thanks to cryonic suspension, but their friends and family will be gone, and the very society they once knew will have changed beyond recognition. The explorers are going into exile, and they know it. They are on this mission not because they were the best available but because they were expendable.
Moreover, the scientists begin to realize that this planet cannot possibly be natural. They face a startling and nearly unthinkable question: Could New Earth be an artifact?
(Source: Blackstone Audio)
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