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Learning the World

(2005)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
Hugo Best Novel (nominee)
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Prometheus Award Best Novel
A four hundred year journey through space is about to end for the teeming inhabitants of a large ship-world. The air is thick with expectation as they enter the system that is to become their new home, the probes reporting nothing more advanced than bacteria and algae among the clustered planets. But the original data was wrong, and direct scans of the planet reveal a whole alien civilisation. Maybe the aliens have just arrived. Maybe evolution has been incredibly rapid during their long journey ... Neither of these explanations seem plausible. It seems likely that the probe data has been falsified from the beginning. Advice is years distant, help is decades away. They're on their own and they'll have to decide a plan of action fast as the rest of humanity is just as vulnerable and not much further away.

Genre: Science Fiction
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Hardback Editions

November 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Learning the World: a Scientific Romance
Author(s): Ken MacLeod
ISBN: 0-7653-1331-6 / 978-0-7653-1331-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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August 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Learning The World: A novel of first contact
Author(s): Ken MacLeod
ISBN: 1-84149-343-0 / 978-1-84149-343-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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Paperback Editions

October 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Learning the World: a Scientific Romance
Author(s): Ken MacLeod
ISBN: 0-7653-5177-3 / 978-0-7653-5177-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Learning The World: A novel of first contact
Author(s): Ken MacLeod
ISBN: 1-84149-344-9 / 978-1-84149-344-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Learning the World: A Scientific Romance
Author(s): Ken MacLeod
Publisher: Tor Books
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June 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Learning The World: A novel of first contact
Author(s): Ken MacLeod
Publisher: Orbit
Availability: Amazon UK