By John Scalzi
Das späte 21. Jahrhundert: Auf ihrem Weg ins All ist die Menschheit einer Reihe von Alien-Völkern begegnet, mit denen sie Handelsbeziehungen aufnimmt und politische Bündnisse schmiedet. Doch dann kommt es auf einer interstellaren Konferenz zu einem folgenschweren Vorfall: Durch ein Missverständnis stirbt ein Außerirdischer vom Volk der Nidu. Eine kriegerische Auseinandersetzung droht - und nur Harry Creek, genialer Programmierer und Kriegsveteran, kann diesen Krieg verhindern…
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