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An alien craft has been shot down from the sky-and a unmarried unusual pod has survived intact.Now crew Proteus-a U.S.-Russian team of scientists, medical professionals and technicians-will be shrunk utilizing new miniaturization strategies and injected in the course of the floor of the pod. So starts off the main startling voyage of exploration in human history...Inside the physique of an alien.Praise for Kevin J. Anderson:Arguably the main prolific, such a lot profitable writer operating in [science fiction] this present day. (Algis Budrys)The inheritor obvious to Arthur C. Clarke. (Daniel Keys Moran, writer of The final Dancer)A infrequent mix of expertise and practicality. (Starlog)The most well-liked author on (or off) the planet. (Fort worthy Star-Telegram)
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He was not just a gullible nerd who'd found his niche in life. He was a credulous firebrand—quick to believe assertions, and just as quick to defend his beliefs—but he wasn't unintelligent, and his passion was real. Devlin couldn't fault the guy for that. According to Freeth's dossier, he held a bachelor's degree in astronomy and another in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Freeth had published numerous articles and essays, some of them quite compelling to the open-minded; he'd been noticed in mainstream magazines as well as stacks of UFO tabloids.
As a person would expect,” Devlin said, “if it was real. You convinced Dr. Cynthia Tyler in our project. ” Freeth responded as if Devlin had inserted a quarter into a machine. “Still, some people will always be skeptical. They want to lose their sense of wonder. ” Freeth was accustomed to getting laughed at, to being the butt of jokes. His voice took on a different tone now, as if hoping he'd found an ally in Devlin. “Has our society become so cynical that it's a joke to believe in something?
If the pod hadn't been sent here, Russian scientists would probably have bludgeoned it open already. ” Director Hunter's voice boomed over the containmentchamber intercom. “Our agreement with Deputy Foreign Minister Garamov is to complete all investigations in situ, Cynthia. We have no idea what sort of infectious microorganisms might be carried by a being from another planet. We must maintain absolute sterilization precautions. ” Tyler spread her gloved hands. ” The technicians wore padded spacesuits and breathed through respirator pumps that made them all sound like Darth Vader with a head cold.