New York: Villard, 1996. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's justifiably highly acclaimed first book, winner of 3 science fiction awards (1998 Arthur C. Clarke Award, 1998 British Science Fiction Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award) and nominated for the Hugo. Its story of man's encounter with intelligent beings on another planet is one of the most thought-provoking works of speculative fiction published in recent years. Basis of the forth-coming movie. The sequel, Children of God, was nominated for the Nebula. True first edition with all of the points present in the first issue dust jacket. 408 pp. ISBN: 0-679-451501.