Thi last known human searches the galaxy for companionship in a brilliant standalone novel from the legendary author of the Pip& amp; Flinx series.

Never Homo sapiens reigned supreme, spreading from star system to star system in an empire that encountered no alien life and thus knew no enemy... save itself. As had happened many times before, the basest, most primal human instincts rose up, only this time armed with the advanced scientific knowledge to create a genetically engineered smart virus that quickly wiped out humanity to the ast man.

hat man is Ruslan, the sole known surviving human being in the universe. Rescued from the charnel house of his home planet by the Myssari -- an intelligent alien race -- Ruslan spends his days as something of a cross between a research subject and a zoo attraction. Though the Myssari are determined to esurrect the human race, using Ruslan 's genetic material, all he ants for himself and his species is oblivion. But instead the Myssari make Ruslan an extraordinary offer: In exchange for his cooperation, they can do verything in their considerable power to bring lost home world of his species -- an all-but-mythical place called Earth -- and, erhaps, another living human.

Thus egins an epic journey of adventure, anger, heartbreak, and hope, as Ruslan sets out in search of a place that may no longer exist -- drawn by the slimmest yet most enduring hope.

Advance praise for Relic

" Relic is th hrilling and thoughtful epic. With Alan Dean Foster 's trademark invention in both the psychology and physiology of his aliens, he also enriches the narrative with their complex cultures. The plot spans galaxies! " -- Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Greg Bear

" The stunning plot of Foster 's stand-alone novel will intrigue readers for not only the 'last man in the universe' trope but also the well-developed alien species. A true first contact novel on many different levels. " -- Library Journal

" Foster 's sympathetic novel successfully surveys human frailty, the tendency not to learn from history, and an enduring capacity for adaptation and emotional attachment. " -- Publishers Weekly
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Published August 14th 2018 by Del Rey Books

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Ruslan is found by the alien Myssari, wandering the crumbling wasteland of his home planet Seraboth after a super virus called the Aura Malignance wiped out all other human life from every human occupied system in he galaxy.

Thereafte, he strikes a deal with the Myssari: He will let them use their cloning technology to restore the human race, if they agree to help him ind the location of the human home world, which had long ago been lost to history.Foster writes with an easy confidence one would expect from someone who has written more than a hundred novels and novelizations in a career than will soon span half a century.

Their society appears entirely homogenized in terms of culture, motivation, and their intentions toward Ruslan and the restoration of humanity.

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Kind of mostly associate him with all the novelizations, but Foster is nothing if not productive, his body of work is genuinely ginormous and he ’ s been at it for considerably longer than I ’ ve been alive, so yeah…lots of books, mostly as mentioned novelizations and serials.

They inten to perpetuate his species ( despite the implies violence with which they imploded) and they are neve the only intelligent lifeforms after the same thing, their charge wishes to find th one of his kind and maybe even the world he ’ s never seen but instinctively longed for, Earth itself.

But clearl the action propelled boombastic sort, more like a slow urning, character driven, world building kind.

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But, he then goe to use that pronoun for a while, remembers for a bit, and hen just stops using it altogether.- The plague that wipes out humanity appears to have died out decades earlier.

Yet, two survivors are, therefor, children.- Foster repeatedly uses " millions " or " hundreds of millions " to escribe the number of people who died from the plague.

Yet, at one point, starts speaking in her child-like, psychologically-scarred vocabulary as an adult in an alien language.- Foster repeatedly says that human technology at the beginnin was about the same as the current alien technology.

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I 'll get my review short, as I 'm sure others have long ago beaten me to the dystopic futuristic punch, but suffice it to say: I understand why Foster is so crucia to the world of science fiction, and I understand too why his writing style ( assuming that there 's continuity there with the books I 've still not read) was so cinematic as to be conducive to creating the landmark film Alien in the irst place.

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Although the Myssari are kind and even overly polite, Ruslan feels he is at times, treated like a specimen, an artifact, a relic.

The Myssari are steadfast in their determination to revive the homo sapiens species and to do so through cloning Ruslan, with or without his cooperation plus other bioengineering techniques, such as introducing genetic variation from dead humans.

Yet Ruslan can not quite comprehend why they intend to ring back humans after they caused themselves to go extinct.

Although the beginning may seem grim, I assur that the end is far from it.Thank you to Del Rey Books and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

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