The Delta Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Space Frontier Foundation are real organizations. All technologies described in this novel exist.
If this discovery is confirmed, it will surely be one of the most stunning insights into our universe that science has ever uncovered. Its implications are as far‑reaching and awe‑inspiring as can be imagined. Even as it promises answers to some of our oldest questions, it poses still others even more fundamental.
President Bill Clinton, in a press conference following a discovery known as ALH84001 on August 7, 1997