The twenty fourth century: humankind has develop into a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the sunlight approach and past. whereas no alien kinds of existence haven't begun been encountered during this enlargement into house, colonists without warning come upon machines of alien starting place - large robots in a position to reproduce themselves. known as replicators by means of the colonists, they appear to have yet a unmarried objective: to wreck all natural existence they arrive in touch with.
Since the colonial governments don't have any potential to struggle this threat at once, they as a substitute promise large rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. consequently, the frontier draws a brand new type of adventurers, the Hunters, who paintings to discover and damage the replicators. Mike Edwards, a talented younger upkeep technician and robotics specialist at a far off outpost, won't simply develop into one among them - yet be the first actual one to release the key in the back of the replicators’ starting place and project.
The clinical and technical features underlying the plot - specifically area trip, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft - are brought and mentioned by way of the writer in an intensive non-technical appendix.
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