Daley Suarez-Martin and Sam Rainey look at each other and Lisa Durnau realizes that these are the people her country must rely on its first meeting with the alien. Not super-heroes, not super-scientists, not super-managers. Not super-anything. Workday scientists and civil servants. Working through, making it up as they go along. The ultimate human resource: the ability to improvise.
Ian McDonald, River of Gods (2004)