LE Modesitt, Jr, is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, and Archform: Beauty. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
The prolific Modesitt (Flash) employs four different narrative perspectives in this slow-moving tale of far-future intergalactic human civilizations, with often compelling if sometimes repetitive results. The enlightened, progressive government of the Comity persuades artist Chendor Barna, cultural historian Liam Fitzhugh, shuttle pilot Jiendra Chang and assassin Goodman/Bond to join an exploratory space voyage to a mysterious, uninhabited terraformed world named Danann. At a site on Danann so old that the atmosphere is solid ice, the four discover a marvelous artifact that allows them to speculate on its implications for the technological level of the unknown aliens who created it and the changing nature of the universe. This revolutionary discovery, however, leads to conflict between the Comity and the worlds of the Zionist Covenant and Muslim Sunnis, who want to prevent access to advanced technologies and suppress knowledge of ancient alien life-forms. Readers who like both hard science and realistic sociology will be rewarded. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"A glorious space opera set in a distant future when humans spread to the stars and splintered into a number of subsidiary civilizations. . . .Very enjoyable, lots of sense of wonder, and I even liked the characters." --Chronicle "Captivating far-future tale of life in space, from the author of Flash. . . .Modesitt's prose is lively, and there's enough sense of wonder here to satisfy even the most jaded. . . .A must-read for Modesitt fans, as well as those of Jack McDevitt and Arthur C. Clarke." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "An intriguing vehicle for exploring interstellar fundamentalism." --Entertainment Weekly "As usual, Modesitt's work shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building. This stand-alone novel addresses relevant political and economic issues within the framework of rip-roaring space adventure, making it a must-read for fans of interstellar fiction." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews "Modesitt's storytelling and characterization are as good as ever, and his use of four first-person viewpoints is quite effective." --Booklist "Superior science-fiction adventure writing. The plot moves compellingly, the characters are distinct and idenitifiable." --Science Fiction Weekly "This is hard science and really hardball politics described by somebody who knows them from the inside out. A powerful novel on a sweeping, mysterious stage." --Dave Drake, author of The Way to Glory "L. E. Modesitt is one of those special authors who brings a great deal to his work: a love of words, an understanding of people and cultures, and an interest in great stories and ideas. It shows in every line of his tale. I read 'The Eternity Artifact' with pleasure, and felt well rewarded even beyond the last page." --David Farland, author of The Wyrmling Horde "Compelling... Readers who like both hard science and realistic sociology will be rewarded." --Publishers Weekly