By Stephen Baxter
Half 1000000 years sooner or later, on a useless, war-ravaged global on the centre of the Galaxy, there's a mile-high statue of Michael Poole.
Poole, born in the world within the fourth millennium, was once considered one of mankind's such a lot influential heroes. He used to be no longer a warrior, no longer an emperor. He was once an engineer, a builder of wormhole transit platforms. yet Poole's paintings may finally bring about an unlimited and damaging clash, a million-year warfare among humanity and the enigmatic, robust extraterrestrial beings often called the Xeelee.
The Xeelee received, yet at a tremendous fee. And, defeated in a better conflict, the Xeelee finally fled the universe. so much of them.
A handful have been left at the back of, outfitted with time shuttle features, their activity to tidy up: to reorder historical past extra to the Xeelee's liking. That million-year conflict with humankind was once one blemish. It needed to be erased. And so that it will do this, a lone Xeelee was once despatched again in time to take away Michael Poole from historical past . . .