imagine a young man who lived two hundred years ago, whose destiny seemed to be to work the small family farm along the upper hudson but whose intellect soared far above his times and station. this young man dared to dream a blasphemous dream of travel to worlds and peoples among the stars. now imagine that he discovered not only a means of fulfilling his dream, but found himself in a quest to find a source of knowledge rivaling that of the almighty himself. pitus peston, who solved the riddle hidden in a wampum sash of the location of a derelict alien ship atop a butte in what is now monument valley, is journeying with his companion calnoon atoye itah, a native of oman, to this world on the opposite arm of the milky way. atoye, eager to end his long exile and return home hopes to reward his friend pitus with astounding scenes of his highly advanced civilization. when they reach their distant goal, they find not the wonders of an advanced civilization but the ruins of war, but a new objective avails itself in the search for loma's cube, the seat of accumulated knowledge spanning the eons of the last era before the last big bang swallowed it up in the last big crunch. they are not alone in this quest. a rival from the planet haldan, the other faction in what became known as the thirty-minutes war, seeks the cube for its secrets of propulsion and weaponry to make possible a new empire engulfing ultimately the whole galaxy.
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