Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.
Now it is back.
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‘Thrilling, affecting and comic … probably the finest science fiction he has written to date’ New Scientist
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