The novel commences in the year 2019, when the SETI program, at the Arecibo Observatory, picks up the airwaves broadcasts of music from your vicinity of Leader Centauri. The first expedition to Rakhat, the world that is sending the background music, is structured by the Jesuit order. Just one of the staff, Father Emilio Sandoz, a priest, survives to return to Globe, and he is damaged bodily and psychologically. The story can be told in framed flashback, with chapters alternating between the story of the expedition plus the story of Sandoz' interrogation by the Jesuit order's inquest, set up in 2059 to find the real truth. Sandoz' return has started great controversy вЂ“ not merely because the Jesuits sent the mission impartial of United Nations oversight, yet also as the mission finished disastrously. Exposure to the EL mission, which sent Sandoz back to Globe alone inside the Jesuit ship, has seeing that been misplaced. From the beginning, Sandoz, a accomplished Taino linguist born in a Puerto Rican slum, got believed the mission to Rakhat was divinely inspired. Several of his close friends and co-workers, people who have a variety of exclusive skills and talents, got seemingly coincidental connections to Arecibo and one of them, a gifted fresh technician, was your first to hear the gears. In Sandoz's mind, only God's can could provide this population group with the perfect combination of knowledge and experience together at the moment when the alien sign was discovered. These were those who, with three additional Jesuit priests, were chosen by the Culture of Jesus to travel to the planet, using a great interstellar yacht made out of a small asteroid. Sandoz tells about how the asteroid flew to the planet Rakhat, and how the crew tried to acclimatize themselves to the new world, experimenting with ingesting local flora and fauna, then making contact with a rural small town вЂ“ a small-scale tribe of vegan gatherers, the Runa, plainly not the singers from the radio broadcasts. Still, made welcome as 'foreigners',...
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