Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Portal 1 - Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor

"It had all started so simply – as most disasters do. With the discovery of the first two alien bases, one on Mars and one on Mars’ moon Phobos, it had become a virtual certainty that there must be other alien installations, possibly with incalculably valuable artifacts within, waiting for salvage elsewhere in the Solar System. The Buckley Accords gave the first discoverer to, literally, set foot on any other system body long-term rights to exploit resources on that body, within a certain range of that first footstep. That was the starter’s gun on the greatest race in history – a race to discover these new locations and reach them first, claiming those resources for the country – or the corporation – that first placed a human being upon the planet, moon, or asteroid on which the alien base was located." 4 out of 5