Preface.- part i: novel.- part ii: scientific.- Appendix.
Professor Giancarlo GENTA, an expert in space flight technology, holds degrees in Aeronautic Engineering and Space Engineering (his thesis was on electric propulsion orbital transfers). Until 1996 he was head of the Mechanics Department of the Politecnico (Technical University) of Turin, in Italy. He is Director of the Italian SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) study center and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has written more than 300 scientific papers and 11 scientific books, some used as textbooks in Italian and American Universities and translated into Russian. Among his popular science book are 'Space: The Final Frontier?', published by Cambridge University Press in 2002, as well as 'Lonely Minds in the Universe - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence' (2007) and the Science Fiction Novel 'The Hunter' (2014), both published by Springer.