Award-winning authors Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson, two of the most respected names in science fiction, draw on the speculations of cosmologist Stephen Hawking to take us to a future in which humanity has sold its birthright - and is happy in the bargain.
Earth has been immeasurably changed by the arrival of a superior alien race. Dubbed "Turtles" by humans, they have conquered Earth without a fight. Who in his right mind would oppose the bringers of peace, prosperity and plenty of trade goods - even if the Turtles did treat humanity like a group of wayward children
But when the Mother, the single female of the Turtle species, disappears, suddenly the aliens need human help. Led by the only human who can fly a Turtle waveship, a search party takes off on a mysterious journey to the Turtles' Mother planet - and to the most carefully guarded secrets in the universe.
Jack Williamson (1908 - 2006)
John Stewart 'Jack' Williamson was born in Arizona in 1908 and raised in an isolated New Mexico farmstead. After the Second World War, he acquired degrees in English at the Eastern New Mexico University, joining the faculty there in 1960 and remaining affiliated with the school for the rest of his life. Williamson sold his first story at the age of 20 - the beginning of a long, productive and successful career, which started in the pulps, took in the Golden Age and extended right into his nineties. He was the second author, after Robert A. Heinlein, to be named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by SFWA, and by far the oldest recipient of the Hugo (2001, aged 93) and Nebula (2002, aged 94) awards. A significant voice in SF for over six decades, Jack Williamson is credited with inventing the terms 'terraforming' and 'genetic engineering'. He died in 2006.