A novel by Greg Benford?, and eligible for the 2003-4 OUSFG Award.
"A billion years into the future, a human female is recreated from data held within the vast archives of the Library of Life. But the Earth to which she is born is far different to that of her long-extinct race. Finding it impossible to adapt to this timeless and rigid society she flees her creators and her home world. A rogue element in an increasingly unstable universe, she draws the attention of a mysterious alien breed. Already masters of travel between parallel universes they believe this girl is the key to changing all reality. And if they track her down, the effects on the galaxy will be cataclysmic.
Benford tries to do Clarke, basically. And fails. Dire. Avoid. -- NH
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