Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress

By Nancy Kress

The extraterrestrial beings seemed sooner or later, outfitted a base at the moon, and positioned an advert at the internet:

“We are an alien race you'll name the Atoners. Ten thousand years in the past we wronged humanity profoundly.  we can't undo what has been performed, yet we would like humanity to appreciate it.  as a result we request twenty-one volunteers to go to seven planets to Witness for us.  we'll exhibit each one volunteer there and again in whole safety.  Volunteers needs to communicate English. Send requests for digital purposes to [email protected]"

At first, everybody idea it used to be a joke.  however it wasn’t.

This is the tale of 3 of these volunteers, and what they discovered on Kular A and Kular B.

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Brant decided that this was exactly the kind of assistant he needed; perhaps there was some way he could persuade the visitors… By the end of a week, Terra Nova was a fully functioning microcosm of the great ship orbiting beyond the atmosphere. There was plain but comfortable accommodation for a hundred crewmembers, with all the life-support systems they needed—as well as library, gymnasium, swimming pool, and theater. The Lassans approved of these facilities and hastened to make full use of them.

No one was in the least interested in this tidying up of an obscure corner of science. A year later, there was an embarrassed cough from Lagrange One. A slight mistake had been found in the proof. It was the sort of thing that had happened often enough in the past, though never with such momentous consequences. A minus sign had been accidentally converted into a plus. Instantly, the whole world was changed. The road to the stars had been opened up—five minutes before midnight. III. SOUTH ISLAND 10.

And we’ll be sorry to disappoint him—he’s been very helpful. But North Island’s far too rocky; the only suitable coastal areas are already developed. ” “Sounds too good to be true. ” “That was the Mangrove Project. All the trees died—we still don’t know why—and no one’s had the heart to tidy up the mess. ” “So it’s already an ecological disaster area—you’re welcome, Captain! ” “I can assure you that our plant will be very handsome and won’t damage the environment in the slightest. And of course it will all be dismantled when we leave.

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