Angus Parvis, a spaceship pilot. Twenty-nine years old, slight, and fair-haired, Parvis arrives in confusion on Titan, a moon of Saturn, with a load of mining equipment. He discovers that his friend and teacher, Pirx, has become lost on a mission between two bases. Going out to rescue him, Parvis also becomes lost. He attempts to save himself from death by instantaneous freezing.
Mark Tempe, a spaceship pilot. Tempe may be either Angus Parvis or Pirx. He was found on Titan one hundred years after he was frozen, his body repaired and restored to life aboard the Euridyce, an interstellar ship bound for Quinta. The ship’s mission is to contact the only intelligent beings that have detected in the universe since humanity began searching with radio telescopes. After his restoration, he is assigned to help pilot the exploratory vessel that is to land on Quinta. When the mission becomes increasingly violent in the face of the Quintans’ apparent lack of interest in communication, Tempe joins forces with Father Arago to urge forms of peaceful contact. He is the only human to land on the planet. Continued misunderstandings lead to his being destroyed by his own superiors when he fails to stay on a schedule of radio contacts.
Father R. P. Arago
Father R. P. Arago, a Dominican monk. He is elderly, with almost white hair, but tall, lean, and sinewy, and of dark...
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