The discovery of wheeled objects buried in the icy surface of Jupiter's eighth moon leads to the even more bizarre revelation that Jupiter is in fact populated by a mysterious race of aliens.
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Dr Ian Stewart, professor of mathematics at Warwick University, is a recipient of the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Medal for furthering public understanding of science. A columnist for SCIENTIFIC AMERICA and frequent television commentator, Dr Stewart is the author of more than 130 papers of mathematical research and 60 books of popular science. Dr Jack Cohen currently teaches at Warwick University. He has participated in the production of numerous television science specials, notably 'The Natural History of an Alien' for BBC2.From Publishers Weekly:
Though Stewart, a mathematician, and Cohen, a reproductive biologist, have each written popular science books (they coauthored The Collapse of Chaos), this is the first SF novel either has attempted, with generally positive results. In the 23rd century, after a period of antitechnological sentiment on Earth, a small sect of Tibetan Buddhists gains a singular foothold in space, colonizing the moon and building a high-tech habitat and ore-processing facility called Cuckoo's Nest in the midst of the asteroid belt. Interplanetary travel and commerce thrive for those willing to take the risk, like discredited archeologist Prudence Odingo. No one believes her claim of recovering 100,000-year-old wheeled artifacts from the ice of Jupiter's moon CallistoAuntil one of the "wheelers" comes to "life." While the official research team is stymied by traditional scientific approaches, Odingo and her multitalented companions open communications with the intelligent, blimplike aliens they discover in great cities floating in Jupiter's dense atmosphere. Human contact leads to possibly catastrophic consequences for Earth. Although their characters and world-building lack believability, the authors wield scientific speculation with cheerful abandon, providing some real old-fashioned sense of wonder. Fans of hard SF authors Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle will get a kick out of Stewart and Cohen's SF debut. (Nov.)
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