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 eighteen science fiction novels, including the recently published two-volume epic, The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time, the latest chapters in The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including Dragons in the Stars and Nebula-finalist Eternity's End. He also wrote Battlestar Galactica, a novelization of the critically acclaimed television miniseries. His work lies somewhere in the borderland between hard SF and space opera. His greatest love remains character, story, and a healthy sense of wonder. In 2022, Carver was named the Helicon Awards' recipient of the Frank Herbert Lifetime Achievement Award for writing science fiction. Carver has taught writing in a variety of settings, from educational television to conferences for young writers to Odyssey to MIT to his own workshops. Visit his free guide for aspiring authors of all ages at writeSF.com. For more about the author, to read his blog, or to sign up for his newsletter, visit starrigger.net. His books and short fiction are widely available in ebook, print, and audiobook. He is widely published traditionally, as well as independently. He is a member of SFWA, and lives with his family in the Boston area.
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