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Mission to Methone

Published by Baen
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

HARD SF IN THE MODE OF ARTHUR C. CLARKE. Humanity is not alone in the universe. Across the galaxy, a war rages between advanced alien races. And its about to be brought to our doorstep.


In 2065, space scientist Chris Holt discovers that one of the asteroids he is surveying for mining is actually not an asteroid. It’s a derelict spaceship. Soon the world’s powers are competing to claim for themselves the secrets that it holds. What they don’t know is that across the galaxy a war has been underway between alien civilizations that have very different ideas about what should be done about emerging civilizations like our own. One wishes to preserve. The other to terminate. With extreme prejudice.


The truth can only be discovered on Methone, a tiny, egg-shaped moon of the planet Saturn. But the nations of Earth, in their race to get there, may destroy the one chance we have to survive. It’s up to Holt to find a way through the tangled web of political and military maneuvering, and over the scientific and engineering hurdles, in order to bring humanity face to face with an intelligence that may give us the key to the universe. Or shut the door to the stars for all time.


About Mission to Methone:

"The spirit of Arthur C. Clarke and his contemporaries is alive and well in Johnson’s old-fashioned first-contact novel, set in 2068.... includes plenty of realistic detail and puts fun new spins on familiar alien concepts.... There’s a great deal here for fans of early hard SF."—Publishers Weekly

"With equal parts science fiction and international exciting, fast-paced read that you will not want to put down."—Booklist

About Rescue Mode by Ben Bova and Les Johnson:
"... a suspenseful and compelling narrative of the first human spaceflight to Mars."—Booklist

About The Author

Les Johnson is a physicist and the author of The Spacetime War; Mission to MethoneRescue Mode (coauthored with Ben Bova); and Saving Proxima (coauthored with Travis S. Taylor). He is also the coeditor of the science/science fiction anthologies Going Interstellar and Stellaris: People of the Stars. He was technical consultant for the movies Europa Report and Lost in Space and has appeared in numerous documentaries on the Discovery and Science channels. Johnson was also the featured “Interstellar Explorer” in National Geographic Magazine and interviewed for Science Friday. By day, he serves as solar sail principal investigator of NASA’s first interplanetary solar sail missions and leads research on various other advanced space propulsion technologies at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Baen (February 26, 2019)
  • Length: 416 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481483889

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