New Starburst Review. A short hard sci-fi novel by Nancy Kress about aliens and humans working alongside each other to prevents the latter’s extinction from a deadly deep space cloud careering towards the planet and delving somewhat philosophically into what it means to be human.
After discovering an ancient mitochondrial subgroup, geneticist Marianne Jenner is whisked off to New York City with an assortment of the international science community’s greatest minds to meet the aliens who arrived there several months ago and only just revealed the purpose of their visit. An interstellar cloud of viral spores is heading towards the Earth, and unless a vaccine can be developed in the few months before its arrival, everyone on the planet will die. Read the rest here.