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Which Art In Hope:

A novel of the far future

Francis W. Porretto

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Copyright (C) 2009 Francis W. Porretto

Cover art by Donna Casey (http://DigitalDonna.Com)

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Prologue


A Dream Of Freedom was a ship that had once been a world.

It first entered the Solar System in 2117, moving at ninety-three miles per second, at a slight angle to the solar ecliptic. It was a near-perfect sphere with a diameter of twenty-one miles. It had a nickel-iron surface, but showed a considerable luminosity in the gamma-ray portion of the spectrum. Its trajectory would bring it to a perigee of one hundred forty million miles, about two years after its first sighting.

The International Astrophysical Congress assigned it the identifier X3J11 and immediately dispatched grant petitions to the world's one hundred eighty States. All one hundred eighty petitions were rejected; the war with the Spooner Federation was entering its final phase, and all resources had to be husbanded toward that end.

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