In 2503, the World Council re-elects Samuels as Director of Space Research. He is tasked with developing a reply to the message delivered by the alien robot Interface. After many stops and starts, the Directors decide to send a robot, Nuwoman, to track and follow Interface, who they believe is returning to his alien civilisation.
The twenty-sixth century has seen rapid development in space technology and robotics. Habitats have been developed on the Moon and Mars, all in an attempt to set up ways to track the spaceships of both Interface and Nuwoman. However, Interface does not behave as expected. Instead of returning to his alien civilisation, he makes a detour.
He lingers in the shadows of the Alpha Centauri triple star system, waiting for Nuwoman. Interface becomes infatuated with the development of Nuwoman. This incredible meeting of two like minds is both intellectual and romantic—and not at all what the Directors expected.
Nevertheless Earth’s reply to the message from the neighbours is a success.
About the Author
Vincent J. Hyde was born in September 1954 in Calcutta, India. While living in Calcutta, he studied at Saint Xavier’s College. He migrated to Sydney, Australia, in February 1970. While living in Sydney, he completed his secondary education at Marcellin College and Merrylands High School, where he obtained his Higher School Certificate in 1973.
He completed the electrical engineering degree course at the University of New South Wales in 1979. He completed a postgraduate diploma in illumination design at the University of Sydney in 1983.
He worked as an electrical engineer at the New South Wales Public Works from 1979 to 2014 and retired from active engineering duties in 2014. Since 2014, he has been writing to continue his professional development.
He has written three books with publisher Balboa Press: Heaven and Earth, A Journey from Dust to Consciousness, and A Message from the Neighbours.
He is a current member of the Institution of Engineers Australia MIEAust, Chartered Professional Engineer (Ret) No. 1387147.