The Genesis Quest

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The Genesis Quest
The Genesis Quest.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Donald Moffitt
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publication date
1986
Media type Print (Paperback)
Followed by Second Genesis

The Genesis Quest is a 1986 science fiction novel by Donald Moffitt. It is part of a two-part series, the conclusion of the story being offered in Second Genesis.

Plot summary[edit]

The Genesis Quest gets around the problems involved with intergalactic travel, namely the distance, by avoiding the traditional staple of science fiction, faster than light travel. Instead Moffitt opts for a different tactic, that of having an alien race (The Nar) assemble humans from a stream of genetic information transmitted by radio from the Milky Way Galaxy. The resulting colony of humans spend some time integrated into the Nar society before growing restless, discovering the secret of human longevity, and embarking on the seemingly impossible millennia-long mission of a physical journey back to Earth. This epic journey is made in a gigantic space-grown semi-sentient Dyson tree known as Yggdrasil.