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Author: Gregory Benford
Artifact — A small cube of black rock has been unearthed in a 3500-year-old Mycenaean tomb. — An incomprehensible object in an impossible place; its age, its purpose, and its origins are unknown. — Its discovery has unleashed a global storm of intrigue, theft and espionage, and is pushing nations to the brink of war. — Its substance has sci...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812531787
ISBN-10: 0812531787
Publication Date: 12/15/1988
Pages: 533
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Tom Doherty Assoc Llc
Book Type: Paperback
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quite involved story - it encompasses science & archeaology. Benford is a good storyteller with a knack for dialog.
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more science than fiction, but a good read.
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Indiana Jones meets Particle Physics, June 13, 2004
Reviewer: a reader (Bloomington, IN USA)

Perhaps I'm biased because I like Benford's style: I couldn't put the book down. I read it straight through, just stopping once for lunch. It's not Benford's best book because his others are all so great, but it was much better than I expected after reading the other reviews here. Benford mixes in plenty of realistic science, archeology, and university politics with the action of the plot. At the end of the book, an interesting "Technical Afterword" puts the sci-fi in context with "real" physics.
My favorite line from the book is typical Benford: "He had noted that the noise in a room rose as the square of the number of people in it..."