Prologue* Scientists explore a long-ruined Earth to learn secrets to enrich the Straumli Realm. * An intelligence that these scientists have inadvertently created nears its "great flowering" across interstellar space. * Some humans realize that they have played with fire. * None guesses that they have changed the future of trillions of star systems. * The new Power frantically probes the archives as the humans make off with a quantum data container. * The Power infiltrates the ship's code and shuts everything down, dooming these humans. * A second vessel jumps successfully. * Horrified at how it has been fooled and how close it has come to dying, the Power looks forward to things being different this time.
Part 1, Chapters 1-4* Arne Olsndot lands the cargo shell with a single torch or rocket and no automation. * Arne is in despair about not being able to rendezvous with the frigate carrying the adults. * Sjane reminds him...
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