Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams
Approx. 90,460 words.
Published on December 21, 2011.
A Philip K Dick Award-nominated novel.
Eight hundred years ago Doran Falkner gave humanity the stars, and he now lives with his regrets on a depopulated Earth among tumbledown ruins and ancient dreams brought to life by modern technology.
Word now comes that alien life has been discovered, life so strange and impossible that the revelation of its secrets could change everything . . .