Set in the same universe as Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, but set about 11,000 years earlier, this is an interesting treatment of vibrant, huge, growing Galactic Empire and a backwater planet called Earth.
Earth is now slightly but definitely radioactive, which has some implications about the rate of mutation among the humans who live there (and is the subject of concern of the outworlders who are visiting). As a result, other planets shun Earth citizens...including an archaeologist who is determined to prove that Earth was the origin of humanity.
It's well-written, but the plot seems to combine several elements that you've seen elsewhere; I'm not sure how original all of it was.
Good not necessarily great.
Robert Fass' narration is pretty good.
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