"Little wonder, then, that our multi-planet ambitions remained as distant as the moon had been to its first gazers on the veld, at the dawn of human consciousness."
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In SKELETON CREW, a novella, four astronauts returning from a botched science experiment manage to escape their space shuttle's disintegration, only to be attacked upon reaching Earth.
In shock, the two survivors begin a quest to save the mission's most important artifact: a last-ditch key to mankind's survival.
Together, they are humanity's last hope.