A book that digs deep into the human psyche and comes out on the other side with exceptional insight.... that is a sci-fi, futuristic, alien-packed book that I can get behind. I think the most interesting thing about this tale of interstellar contact in the Australian outback is the amount of world-building that was required. By couching the plot about 150 years in the future, author Clayton Graham had to essentially create the future of our species. Oddly enough, the same fears and failings that we struggle with now are present in these characters. The timelessness of this book hinges on the philosophical aspects; this is more than a book about aliens trying to experiment on humans and seeing whether inter-species contact will be peaceful... it is a book about human nature, our behavior to one another, and our ambitions for the future. Traveling to other stars is now a reality, and in the next century, we could see many of the projected organizations and events that are detailed in this book from Graham. It was clever from start to finish, and no detail was left overlooked. A thoroughly impressive contribution to the genre, and a mind-bending experience for those already eager for the future.