The Foragers: Electric Sheep
By Alicia Cole
Bathsheba is engulfed in war! The alien world's twin moons, Sheeva and Tito Fron, have feuded for millennia. Even separated by the impenetrable Hyper Wall--a vast cosmic energy barrier erected by ancients-- their conflict continues. The neutral grounds of Bathsheba are now the frontlines, engulfed in flame and bloodshed, the records and relics of its ancestral civilizations lost, their secrets buried in the ire of war.
Enter The Foragers, a motley band of preservers and adventurers from Earth and beyond. They dare the trenches in search of these lost treasures, questing for the secrets behind the arcane technology that powers the mighty Hyper Wall.
From the deck of The Quatermain, human twelve year-old pilot and synthetic prodigy Cavalier Martin, along with his archaeo-astronomer father Lennigen, leads a crew of ETs and AIs to the far reaches of this embattled galaxy. Utilizing The Caller--a dimensional gateway--the Foragers access the legendary Quantum Closet--the dimension inside the Hyper Wall--where they base their relic hunting operation. The Foragers use this advanced technology--synthesized by The Quartermain's onboard, intuitive biocomputer Wise Drive--to hop between the feuding moons with unprecedented ease.
But their presence is a dangerous one. Warlords on both sides, coveting its strategic advantage, will stop at nothing to capture their mysterious technology, while scavengers, bounty hunters, and other cosmic misfits sense perverse power in the mystic relics of their clandestine collection.
After a mysterious energy flux detected on Bathsheba affects the Wise Drive and The Foragers' robotic protector Gizmo on The Quartermain, the team sets out to find what's causing it. But after they uncover an elaborate artificial afterlife that's been safely-buried for over a millenia, they realize they might have fallen for a trap that could put the entire galaxy in danger.
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