Because the book has enough cheese. An alien probe, millions of years older than our civilization is waiting patiently for us to develop nuclear energy so it can charge itself up. I guess the nuclear furnace of our sun (or any star for that matter) just wasn't good enough. Almost as ingenious as a star faring race in desperate need of water. This author has no clue whatsoever. Add a crippled genius to the mix and the worst ending I think I have ever read , and you have the ingredients of a short career in scifi.
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