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The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliant SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity fifteen worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artefacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could forever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliant SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity fifteen worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artefacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could forever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

The idiom meaning soon to happen or appear was originally coming down the pike , not coming down the pipe , but both forms are now widely used and understood.

In coming down the pike , the noun pike is short for turnpike , which is a broad road, sometimes a toll road . This usage of pike originated in the U.S. in the early 19th century, and the earliest known instances of coming down the pike appeared around 1900. Pike  soon fell out of use and has survived almost exclusively in this idiom, so it’s understandable that so many English speakers resist using it. Meanwhile,  p ipe  is of course a very familiar word, and things do come down pipes sometimes, so it’s easy to see why  pipe  has taken  pike ‘s place in the idiom, even if the pipe metaphor doesn’t hold up under logical scrutiny.

In current searchable news publications, down the pipe appears once for every two instances of down the pike (though some instances of down the pipe have to do with plumbing). Examples such as these are easy to find:


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