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Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress
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Jul 10, 11

Read in July, 2011

Nancy Kress is a great author, but doesn't write the kind of sci-fi that most appeals to me. Nevertheless, this is a great and intriguing story. I can't say why - that would be a spoiler. But the premise is that aliens did something to humans 10,000 years ago that they now wish to atone for. 21 humans are chosen to visit 7 other inhabited systems and be "witness" to the heritage of this crime. The first 1/3 of the book focuses on one team of 3. The remainder follows up on their discovery and their return to earth.

The story takes place in the near future - around 2020. So the world is recognizable to the reader. A standout are the occasional chapter breaks where she shows us a snippet from the future - a web site, a news article, even the Oprah show. I see this more often in contemporary sci-fi and really enjoy these little interludes.

If social sci-fi appeals to you, this is highly recommended.

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