Format: Hardcover, 330 pages
Publisher: Warner Books - Aspect, March, 2005
The multiple award-winning author of Timescape and Eater, and the Galactiic Center books, Gregory Benford, returns with a gripping new novel set in the same dynamic future as his wildly popular The Martian Race. The first manned mission to Mars has been successful. However, there is a gathering mystery surrounding "marsmat" - the complex, anaerobic life-form that the expedition discovered inside a honeycomb of tunnels below the planet's surface. The search for the answers to humanity's ultimate questions about life in the universe will lead to the fringes of the solar system - to the dark and cold void beyond the planet Pluto.