From 8 hundred years sooner or later, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity and people coming via it were despatched in particular to take the alien “Maker” again to its domestic civilization within the Small Magellanic Cloud. as soon as those refugees are effectively via, the gate itself is speedily close down—because anything alien is pursuing them. The gate is then dumped right into a close by sun.
From these refugees who get via, Agent Ian Cormac learns that the Maker civilization has been destroyed by means of a pernicious virus referred to as the Jain expertise. This, in fact, increases questions: Why was once Dragon, an enormous bioconstruct of the Makers, relatively despatched to the Polity? Why did a Jain node all at once prove within the palms of somebody who might do the main harm with it? in the meantime an entity referred to as the Legate is allotting pernicious Jain nodes . . . and a renegade assault send, The King of Hearts, has encountered anything very nasty open air the Polity itself.
The fourth access in Neal Asher’s Agent Cormac sequence, Polity Agent marks one other gripping and fascinating look at the author’s big Polity universe.
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Was once it a Pyrrhic victory finally? Your civilization not exists, yet then few Jain nodes exist both. those we're having difficulty with now are these introduced right here by way of the Maker. ’ That snort back. The gabbleduck stretched out one limb and opened out a hand composed of talons like black bananas. ‘You recognize that Jain know-how is nanotechnology, yet learn it lengthy sufficient and also you locate that its foundations pass deeper. All subject is in basic terms knotted area and time in spite of everything, adhering to sure ideas quickly learnt via any sufficiently complicated species. ’ Floating inside of that claw seemed a few build of sunshine. ‘When you arrange the underlying constitution of topic, the variation is often obvious while saw from the precise position. ’ The creature grew to become to see at him. ‘There is a cost. ’ ‘Name it. ’ ‘You go back us to the skin of where you name Masada—home of the gabbleducks. ’ Blegg thought of that. The plan were to maintain the artefact aboard the Hourne so it could actually fast be moved to diversified destinations within the occasion of struggle. this kind of repository of beneficial details has to be secure. notwithstanding, the survival of the Polity may perhaps rely on having the ability to find Jain nodes. He didn't have to confer. He responded, ‘It should be performed. you have got my be aware, and that's reliable. ’ ‘I know—it’s the notice of a ruler,’ the gabbleduck spoke back cryptically. The build drifted down from its claw, turning because it got here. Blegg saved totally nonetheless because it hovered earlier than him, and because it drifted in the direction of his brow and penetrated. ‘The Jain used U-space, but their damaging know-how doesn't. It used to be made by means of their AIs, which have been according to the Jain themselves as yours are on you, earlier than these AIs transcended their erstwhile masters and left them to kill one another. Why they left the U-space choice out is a question most sensible addressed to these similar AIs, anyplace they may be. ’ It was once a development in his brain, seven, 8 dimensional: anything past what he may surround, yet not less than recognizable as a U-space signature. With a unexpected flush of pleasure Blegg learned what he observed: a Jain node as seen through underspace. The gabbleduck peered down at him. ‘This is what you got here for? ’ ‘It is. ’ It nodded slowly. ‘You by no means get them all—there’re regularly a few neglected, to begin the method yet again. there's just one option to win. ’ ‘And what's that? ’ Blegg requested, puzzling over what the fastest manner out of this realm can be. ‘You stop to be what the Jain hated. ’ Blegg became away. by no means. was once that what the Atheter did? Hatred of the futility of clever lifestyles and technical civilizations . . . have been the gabbleducks all that remained of the Atheter once they made their fateful choice to stop to be the clever voters of a technical civilization? Blegg doubted that, else why did this factor, this Atheter AI, are looking to be taken to the place remained these animalistic descendants, the gabbleducks? It used to be all a secret that might need to look ahead to over again, on account that Blegg had extra urgent issues.