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By Janet Clarke

GENRE: Sci-fi
LOGLINE: James Kelman has a unique job - alien linguist for the S.S. Asimov, isolated on the outskirts of Saturn. As tensions build, Kelman and the crew face obstacles on all sides. Can the crew of the Asimov find middle ground, before the situation explodes?


Owned by the private corporation known as Transgate, the S.S. Asimov orbits the moon Enceladus. An alien ship decloaks before them. First contact has been made - and it's formidable. Two years pass. Lead by Captain Linda Chen, the crew of the Asimov has made headway. All negotiation is through James Kelman - a linguist genetically altered to be able to speak with the alien races aboard ship. The goal: to bargain for a pure energy engine, to solve the Earth's escalating environmental problems. But the clock is ticking. Frustrated by Transgate's lack of cooperation, the governments of Earth have sent out a ship to take over negotiations. As the crisis comes to a head, the crew of the Asimov faces terrorism, government intervention, and the fear that the aliens’ motives may not be quite what they seem...

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