This planetary disaster and first contact book won a Hugo, but it's not 5 star. One of the themes running through it is the recklessness of youth, from young characters to the encounter with a young species. Told from the perspective of many different characters, they don't all fit the theme. I chuckled at a few of the in-jokes contained herein.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published Oct. 10, 2000 by eReads.com.