I like hard sci-fi first contact novels and this is one of them. A human colony ship in the future is approaching its target solar system and discovers and alien civilization already there. The humans then check their laws and rule books to see what they are allowed to do. Much UN style dithering follows. Meanwhile on the alien planet, they work out that a strange object entering their system appears to be powered. Curiousity and mild panic ensues.
It's a strange novel really. The aliens, as another reviewer says, are more human in nature, if not appearance, than the actual future humans. And just because the aliens are far less advanced - early 20th century tech level - doesn't mean that they're stupid and when both sides finally meet, this becomes obvious. It's also interesting to note what the flight enabled aliens think of the flightless humans physical appearance.
To be honest, this wasn't as good a novel as I hoped but it was a good read and not too long.
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