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The earth has gone through global warming, wars, population growth, and economic upheaval, yet has managed to solve most of these problems by the year 2076, including independence from fossil fuels and conversion to fusion reactors. Artificial intelligence is abundant and people now work and play on the moon. One of the moon workers is Jake, a Ph.D. candidate in the field of geophysics. While working at the South Lunar Base, he meets and falls in love with Janice, who has a Ph.D. in the same field. She returns to the earth doing archeological digs that involve the ancient civilization of the Maya, while Jake does some digging on the moon. An obelisk-like structure is found far beneath the moon’s surface. Jake and his bosses discover more objects. Archeologists and other experts are called in to investigate. More digging is authorized and an ancient race called the Rohani is unearthed. Where they come from and how far back they existed will lead to other events that will affect civilization in the future.
Lingua Cosmica by Fred J. Line III is an ambitious science fiction novel that is set in the late 21st century. The author presents an optimistic vision in his storytelling. Jake and Janice are the main protagonists and a background story is provided for each. The two are representative of the young scientists and explorers of today. Their relationship is covered in a way that is adequate for the story, although the author could have explored their romance a bit more. The Rohani become more important in the later chapters of Lingua Cosmica, which is an interesting take on Earth’s possible future. I did care about Jake and Janice and their story. A good start for the first novel by this author.