The starstream is beautiful. But beauty turns deadly when an ancient AI bent on destruction uses it to travel uptime, to humanity's future.
The Mindaru are dead. Or so exiled-Earthman John Bandicut and his alien companions believe, after their intervention to save the Orion Nebula and surrounding worlds. But now a part of this ancient and malicious AI colony is swarming toward the present from its birthplace deep in the past. Their opening: a temporal disturbance in the starstream, a hyperspatial thoroughfare used by myriad civilizations. The disturbance emanates from the planetary defenses of nearby Karellia, whose people know nothing of the starstream or the galaxy-threatening Mindaru.
Only Bandicut and his friends have the knowledge and experience to act. But when several of the company go missing, he and Li-Jared must team with the pandimensional Ruall and her gokat--the oddest aliens Bandicut has met since the shadow-people--and journey to Karellia to find a way to cut off the timestream.
Meanwhile, on Shipworld, the "missing" Ik meets another human of Earth--a former lover of Bandicut's--and embarks with her on a perilous mission far back into deep time, seeking a way to stop the Mindaru at their source.
The Chaos Chronicles returns at last with part one of a heartstopping, two-part adventure. Concluded in Crucible of Time--coming soon from Nebula-nominated Jeffrey A. Carver!
About the Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of The Chaos Chronicles, including his recently published two-part novel, The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. He is also the author of the popular Star Rigger series, and the official Battlestar Galactica miniseries novelization. While his work explores the boundary between hard SF and space opera, his greatest love remains character, story, and a healthy sense of wonder. His Eternity's End was a finalist for the Nebula Award. Carver has taught writing in a variety of settings, from educational television to conferences to MIT. He lives in the Boston area. His website can be found at https: //www.starrigger.net.
PRAISE FOR THE REEFS OF TIME:
"Classic science fiction with engaging characters and richly imagined worlds!" --Greg Bear; author of The Unfinished Land and The War Dogs Trilogy
"Jeffrey A. Carver's remarkable long-awaited duology The Reefs of Time / Crucible of Time is a welcome addition to The Chaos Chronicles, certifying his continuing mastery of action and adventure at the boundaries of space opera and hard SF." --Steve Miller, co-author of The Liaden Universe
PRAISE FOR THE CHAOS CHRONICLES:
"Remarkably expansive vision." --Analog
"Masterfully captures the joy of exploration." -- Publishers Weekly
"Master craftsman of compelling hard science fiction." -- Booklist
"Dazzling, thrilling, innovative space opera." --Kirkus
"Fertile imagination and... a host of engagingly sympathetic characters." --Library Journal