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Two plots linked by a thread and a device so big it swallows the stories into insignificance an banality. You have the end of the human race of an unknown and unexplained cause, a spaceship returning to earth, and astronomer at the end of his days living in a scientific outpost far from what ever happened to the world, the crew on the ship have received no contact from earth and are worried, Mission Specialist Sullivan a mother of one questions her decision to travel in space while her daughter grows up without a mother, Augustine the earth survivor has similar concerns but the earth is dead or dying so how important are these concerns? What is the point of ruminations of domestic matters, when everything is lost or seems to be?
The stories are well written but have no power because they are miniscule and trivial against the canvas of eternal space and the end of humanity and probably life on earth. The author insist on focusing on the past and the regrets of this two characters while the biggest question goes unanswered. A missed opportunity, that feels empty and pointless.
The readers are good and present the story well.
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