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The twenty fourth century: humankind has develop into a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the sunlight method and past. whereas no alien different types of lifestyles have not begun been encountered during this growth into house, colonists all at once come upon machines of alien beginning - large robots in a position to reproduce themselves. known as replicators by way of the colonists, they appear to have yet a unmarried target: to spoil all natural existence they arrive involved with.

Since the colonial governments don't have any capacity to struggle this risk at once, they as a substitute promise large rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. therefore, the frontier draws a brand new form of adventurers, the Hunters, who paintings to discover and damage the replicators. Mike Edwards, a talented younger upkeep technician and robotics professional at a far off outpost, won't in simple terms turn into one in all them - yet be the first actual one to free up the key at the back of the replicators’ foundation and project.
The clinical and technical facets underlying the plot - particularly area shuttle, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft - are brought and mentioned by way of the writer in an intensive non-technical appendix.

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