Intriguing "First Contact" novel available under Creative Commons at this site above. Fascinating novel so far (about 25% in). Earth is basiclaly buzzed by a grid of self-destroying probes which take a snap shop of the entire planet on a one foot grid.
The novel has a (resurrected from old DNA)vampire ship captain,virtual reality, quantum physics, odd, flawed humans interacting. A lot of speculation about what "intelligence" and "language" means. Written in a very dry style reminiscent of William Gibson, I am digging this.