Artifact by Gregory Benford

By Gregory Benford

A small dice of black rock has been unearthed in a 3500-year-old Mycenaean tomb.

An incomprehensible item in an most unlikely position; its age,its function, and its origins are unknown.

Its discovery has unleashed an international hurricane of intrigue, robbery and espionage, and is pushing international locations to the edge of war.

Its substance has scientists baffled. And the miracle it includes doesn't belong in this Earth.

It is secret and madness—an enigma without equivalent in recorded historical past. it's mankind's maximum discovery… and worst nightmare.

It can have already obliterated a global. Ours is next.

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Artifact

A small dice of black rock has been unearthed in a 3500-year-old Mycenaean tomb.

An incomprehensible item in an very unlikely position; its age,its objective, and its origins are unknown.

Its discovery has unleashed a world typhoon of intrigue, robbery and espionage, and is pushing countries to the threshold of war.

Its substance has scientists baffled. And the miracle it comprises doesn't belong in this Earth.

It is secret and madness—an enigma without equivalent in recorded background. it truly is mankind's maximum discovery… and worst nightmare.

It could have already obliterated a global. Ours is next.

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Mr. Hall, Mr. Whitney is programing in that new batch of reaction units. " On the way to the function generating department, I encountered Avery Collingsworth in the corridor. "I've just given Whitney a final okay on the psychological traits for those forty-seven new ID units," he said. " I refused the clipboard he offered. "That won't be necessary. " He smiled. " He hesitated and I tried to break away without letting him think I was uneasy over what had happened at the smoke-easy. He touched my arm solicitously.

That was about three weeks ago. " That, I knew, was a lie. A year earlier I had helped Fuller install a biocapacitance trigger on the lock so he could open the drawer without his key, which he had often misplaced. She rose. " "The drawing of Achilles and the tortoise, in red ink—at his office. " Not only had she noticed the sketch, but I had stood behind her watching her study it for some time. I decided to toss a shocker at her, just to see what sort of effect it might have. " Her mouth fell open and she stepped back.

Confounded, I crossed the pedistrip transfer platform and started for the opposite side of the street. Traffic was negligible and there were no air cars letting down on the nearby central landing island. That is, not until I got within twenty feet of it. Then a vehicle came plunging out of the gathering dusk, emergency siren screaming. Apparently out of control, it shuddered fiercely as it slipped completely out of the down-guide beam, heading straight for me. I dived for the high-speed pedistrip.

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