The TDF Marco Polo embarks on its maiden voyage outside Earth's solar system, leading to the discovery of an extinct civilization destroyed by orbital bombardment. Deep underground is a mysterious library of alien secrets.
"Good Space Opera"
The Commonwealth Union of Planets begin their mission to the Saiph Worlds. To seek out their genetic cousins cited in the alien database, to unravel the secrets of their enemy and exploit any weakness. The "others" capture The Happy Wanderer and her precious navigation system. The Union's future flounders, as they're fatally exposed to a catastrophic betrayal at the hands of the Alonian Empire.
"Good Story and Very Good Narration"