Wheelers by Ian Stewart

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In the year 2270, with travel to the nearby planets well established, a bizarre discovery is made on Callisto, the eighth moon of Jupiter. Dozens upon dozens of strange wheeled artifacts-wheelers- are found buried beneath the icy surface. No one knows what they were used for and who left them in our solar system. At the same time, it is discovered that the moons of Jupiter have moved from their age-old positions. A quickly formed expedition finds that Jupiter is inhabited by a race of balloon-like aliens, who defend their world against comet strikes by moving their moons using gravitational technology. This time, though, their redirection is aiming an incoming comet directly at Earth! Communication at first proves impossible, but an Earth child who has an intuitive understanding of animal behavior becomes the key to contacting them-and joining forces with them to save the world.

About Ian Stewart

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Ian Stewart is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University in England. His many books include Does God Play Dice?, The collapse of Chaos (with Jack Cohen), Game, Set and Math, and Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer? (with Martin Golubitsky). He contributed to a wide range of newspapers andmagazines, and writes the "Mathematical Recreations" column of Scientific American. JACK COHEN is an internationally known reproductive biologist and the coauthor, with Ian Stewart, of The Collapse of Chaos and Figments of Reality. IAN STEWART is Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University in the United Kingdom. Among his sixty published books are The Magical Maze and Life's Other Secret, both from Wiley.
Published November 1, 2000 by Warner Books. 505 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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No one believes her claim of recovering 100,000-year-old wheeled artifacts from the ice of Jupiter's moon Callisto--until one of the ""wheelers"" comes to ""life."" While the official research team is stymied by traditional scientific approaches, Odingo and her multitalented companions open commu...

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The fellows who wrote this book have a long background writing popular science, not to mention the recent book on Terry Pratchett's books, The Science of Discworld.

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The Zone

They are mankind's first clue to the presence of an alien civilisation existing where life was thought to be impossible - a civilisation which has just diverted the course of a gigantic comet, aiming it directly at Earth.

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