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The year is 2438. Humanity has migrated to the stars in discrete waves, driven by evolving technologies and new ways of being human. The far-flung Arc Systems struggle under the yoke of their newest rulers_Exarchs from Sol, whose monopoly on faster-than-light communication gives them absolute control of a growing interstellar empire. But humans weren_t the first to conquer the stars, and the discovery of an alien artifact promising transport between systems threatens to undermine the Exarchs_ power. Revolutionary leader Melilah Awad seeks an alliance to unlock Geodesica_s secrets with VOIDship pilot Palmer Eogan, a lover she lost to the Dark more than two centuries earlier. What they find could be more dangerous than anyone--human or more than human--could imagine_. _Splendid fun, brimming with heroes, villains, chicanery, neat imaginative details, some seriously cool space battles, and one of the most mind-twisting alien artifacts ever imagined._ _Alastair Reynolds _The sort of cutting-edge, grand-scale science fiction that dazzles and entertains even as it threatens to overwhelm us with its implications of a post-human tomorrow._ _The Weekend Australian Nominated for the Aurealis Award.