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Hanville Svetz was born into a future to match the sorriest predictions of Greenpeace. Most of Earth's original life forms are extinct. It had been Svetz's job to go back in time and retrieve them but he's been transferred. He now must figure out why the Martian canals have gone dry and what that means for Earth's future, because Mars was inhabited. When Svetz learns how the sapient Martian species was wiped out, he realizes that Earth could soon fall victim to a similar fate. Together with his dog, Wrona, a visitor from the distant past, and Miya, an astronaut with her own complex history, Svetz must unravel a puzzle that will tax not just his rational mind, but the very limits of his imagination.

©1999 Larry Niven (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Do NOT listen in the order presented.

Start with chapter 44. Read until you finish chapter 48.

This will take you through all of the original short stories and give you the background you need before you read the novella.

Once you've finished the short stories, you're ready to start at chapter 1. Once you've read up through 43, then you can read chapter 49, the end notes.




As for the stories themselves, these are ridiculous escapist science fantasy. I personally like the short stories better than the novella, but it was nice to return to his universe :-)