Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations - even for politicians - was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA's public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency's history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future - a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.
But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars - and unexplored planets and solar systems - in his eyes.
Still, Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability - and his willingness - to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions...
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"Nebula-winner McDevitt and Hugo-winner Resnick mix conspiracy theories into classic SF ideas pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and Poul Anderson, producing a somewhat rushed spacesuit-and-dagger yarn that reads more like 1969 than 2019." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. A top-notch, edge-of-the-seat thriller in which there are no villains, only mysteries. " - Kirkus Reviews
"Starred Review. Readers, be warned to get comfortable before opening the book. You could put it down at some point, perhaps, but why on earth would you want to?" - Booklist
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Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, English teacher, customs officer, and motivational trainer, and is now a full-time writer. His novel Seeker won a Nebula Award, and he is a multiple Nebula Award finalist. He lives in Georgia with his wife, Maureen.
Mike Resnick has won five Hugos (from a record thirty-five nominations), a Nebula, and other major awards in the US, France, Japan, Spain, Croatia, and Poland. He's the author of sixty-eight novels, more than two hundred and fifty short stories, and two screenplays, and is the editor of forty anthologies. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.
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