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Looking for a book - using a prediction market to save earth from alien robot ship

Discussion in 'Books' started by Occasional Reader, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Occasional Reader

    Occasional Reader Cadet

    Sep 12, 2012
    Ok, this is pretty vague, but I read a sci fi book a while ago and can't remember the name.

    Basically, aliens for some unknown reason have started sending robot spacecraft towards earth every five years or so. These craft are bent on destroying earth, and each is more deadly than the last. However they are not total annihilation craft; they are actually clever puzzles that humans must solve or the planet will be destroyed. Every time, through ingenuity, cooperation, a global prediction market, and bravery of a small team of humans, they are able to defeat this alien craft. Of course people die, but you can see from reading the book that this whole process makes us stronger every time, so maybe the aliens are doing us a strange kind of favor.

    The human team that goes off to defeat this alien craft never comes back alive except one of the guys from the first team, and a woman from the last team. Both cases they are missing an arm, and they become the overall leaders next time.

    I can't remember the name. Anyone remember what this is?

    Thank you!
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  3. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

    Mar 20, 2004
    That sounds interesting! Amazon doesn't have any listings for a new copy (well, they do but at ridiculous prices). :(
  4. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

    Dec 6, 2004
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