My book beginning this week is from Existence, a science fiction book by David Brin. The first chapter starts with a Quote:
Those who ignore the mistakes of the future are bound to make them" - Joseph Miller
The first part that really starts the story is several pages in: "A hemisphere of glittering stars surrounded Gerald on the right. Blue-brown Earth took up the other side."
Here is Goodreads summary:
Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”
Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.