Starplex Author:Robert J. Sawyer Highways in space. First we probed them. Then we used them. Now it's time to pay the toll. — Eighteen years ago, in 2076, space explorers discovered the shortcut network - a cast array of artificial gateways that allows instantaneous transfer between star systems. Although the builder were never found, other forms of intelligent life - the six-li... more »mbed, porcine Waldahudin and the Ibs, a wheeled race that communicates by flashing lights - joined with the Earth's humans and dolphins to establish the Commonwealth of Planets.
Today, in 2094, member of the fours races cruise the shortcut network on the city-sized exploration station Starplex. Outfitted with a crew of a thousand beings and 54 auxiliary ships, the diamond-shaped mothership functions as both research vessel and embassy for first-contact missions. But in the year since its launch, Starplex's missions have been decidedly uneventful.
The shortcut seems like any other. But as the Starplex begins to explore, anticipation turns to wonder...and then fear. For here, on the other side of the galaxy, awaits the solution to the mystery of the missing mass of the universe...and fifth race of sapient beings...and a peril out of time itself.« less