Last Contact

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"Last Contact"
Author Stephen Baxter
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction short story
Published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction 2007
Publication type Book
Publication date January 2007

"Last Contact" is a science fiction short story published in 2007 by Stephen Baxter. It has been nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.[1]

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The story follows a mother and daughter, Maureen and Caitlin, as they live through the last few months of Earth's existence. Caitlin, an astrophysicist, has been involved with the recent discovery of the "Big Rip", a field of dark energy that is devouring the universe. The story chronicles the lives of Maureen and Caitlin, as well as the general public, as the event gets closer to Earth. Maureen is intent on fixing up her yard while Caitlin tries to help the public understand and cope with what is about to happen.

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