Across the Sea of Suns Author:Gregory Benford The year is 2056. Some fifty years have passed since astronaut Nigel Walmley made his historic discovery-a long abandoned spacecraft buried beneath the crust of the asteriod Icarus-and so changed the face of the universe forever. And it has been thirty years since a lunar observatory picked up a radio broadcast from a nearby star and found it ... more »to be in English. Armed with the knowledge imparted by the alien spacecraft's computers, humanity has spent fifteen years building Lancer, the world's first true interstellar starship. Aboard her are hundreds of scientists, men and women who have given up their lives on earth to gain the secrets of the universe. Among them, respected and disliked, is Nigel Walmsley, whose direct contact with the alien computers has altered his perceptions, making him essential to the sucess of the Lancer's mission and seperating him from the rest of humanity. THe scientists have been traveling together for twelve years. Now they have come to their destination-the star Ra,source of the mysterious radio transmision. Here they will find the key to the scientific mystery of the century. An alien race is waiting for them, with its own puzzle to present, and a terrible secret to reveal, a secret that threatens earth and all organic life.