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A boundary pushing, extremely inventive sci-ﬁ epic of ﬁrst contact by world-renowned graphic designer and comics creator Rian Hughes
When a signal of extraterrestrial origin is intercepted by one of Earth's most powerful radio satellites, people worldwide, including a small team of tech outsiders at a software engineering ﬁrm specializing in artiﬁcial intelligence, race to interpret the message carried by what could be the ﬁrst communication from an intergalactic civilization. Has humanity made ﬁrst contact? Is the signal itself an alien life-form? A threat? If so, how will the people of Earth respond?
Supplemented by redacted NASA reports, magazine articles, secret transcripts, and a novel within the novel, all created by author Rian Hughes, XX is an epic literary sci-ﬁ novel that explores the way ideas propagate and presents a compelling vision of humanity's unique place in the universe and a realistic depiction of what might happen in the wake of the biggest scientiﬁc discovery in human history. Propulsive and boldly designed, this captivating narrative of ﬁrst contact, technological anxiety and innovation, and galactic exploration is an exciting and extraordinary addition to the science ﬁction genre.
The battle for your mind has already begun.
At Jodrell Band in England Observatory in England, a radio telescope has detected a mysterious signal of extraterrestrial origin--a message that may be the first communication from an interstellar civilization. Has humanity made first contact? Is the signal itself a form of alien life? Could it be a threat? If so, how will the people of Earth respond?
Jack Fenwick, artificial intelligence expert, believes that he and his associates at tech startup Intelligencia can interpret the message a find a way to step into the realm the signal encodes. What they find is a complex alien network beyond anything mankind has imagined.
Drawing on Dada, punk and the modernist movements of the twentieth century, XX is assembled from redacted NASA reports, artwork, magazine articles, secret transcripts and a novel within a novel. Deconstructing layout and language in order to explore how idea propagate, acclaimed designer and artist Rian Hughes's debut novel presents a compelling vision of humanity's unique place in the universe, and a realistic depiction of what might happen in the wake of the biggest scientific discovery in human history.
Propulsive and boldly designed, XX is a gripping, wildly imaginative, utterly original work.