We’ve found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets does
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
Upon landing, the team discovers something
unexpected: New Earth is inhabited by a small group of intelligent creatures
who look very much like human beings. Who are these people? Are they native to
this world or invaders from elsewhere? While they may seem inordinately
friendly to the human explorers, what are their real motivations? What do they
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
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