Overall, this is a mediocre story. Without giving too much away, the tale unfolds on a distant planet that had been populated by Earth through a now defunct wormhole. Since that time, the planet has devolved to a more primitive civilization. The planet also has alien life forms that are treated as gods by some of the humans. There are human tribes that practice blood sacrifice. The story includes a classic Macguffin that fulfills a minor role at the end. Most of the characters spend their time lamenting all the bad decisions they've made or fearing retribution. The terminology for occupations and items are at times completely random (mongoose man is a soldier and ragamuffin is the police). Even the main character has little to recommend for himself.
All of this would nonetheless, deserve more than 1 star. The real knock to this story is the speech of the bulk of the characters. The planet was supposedly populated by minorities from the Carribean islands; as such there's a unique accent and speech pattern that is described as tedious even by readers of the print version. All I can say is that listening to the speech is far worse. This is not a criticism of the narrator; the writing itself is the problem.
After the moon has been colonized, humanity gets down to the business of exploitation (an astronomical array on the far side) as well as utilizing Antarctica for both a dry run for a manned Mars mission and an isolated facility serving as a nanotech lab (due to fear of potential catastrophe). Upsetting all these carefully laid plans is the discovery of an alien nanotech structure growing on the moon. What ensues is a rather inept series of attempts to discern the function and intent of the evolving alien structure.
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