Expanded from his 1990 novella, "Beyond the Fall of Night," this dense, lively, far-future SF novel from Benford (The Martian Race) sweeps readers away in a taut adventure that examines humanity's role in steering the fate of the universe. Young Cley is an Original, a genetically pure example of the oldest species of humans on Earth. Though the genetically reengineered Supras regard her as limited in intelligence, Cley's precocious nature lands her a job helping to recover scientific and historical data from the immense caches called the Library of Life. When a vicious attack by transdimensional life forms leaves Cley the last Original alive, the Supras blame an extradimensional race known as the Malign. Cley knows, though, the Supras aren't telling her the whole story. Aided by the raccoon-like alien Seeker-After-Patterns, which seems to have a parallel agenda all its own, Cley flees Supra captivity and Earth. Her journey quickly takes on an Alice-in-Wonderland quality, as she and Seeker traverse bewildering multidimensional spaces and encounter the immense Leviathan, a living ship that roams the solar system. Cley won't be safe until she solves the secret of the Malign-a secret whose truth lies far back in the past, when the human race first set out to explore the galaxy. With its thoughtful extrapolation and mind-bending physics, this book reinforces Benford's position as one of today's foremost writers of hard SF.
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Benford's startling SF invention seems limitless ... I had nearly forgotten how truly inspiring and magnificently entertaining modern science fiction can be. Yet here's a great and very timely reminder! DREAMWATCH --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
in the far flung future life abound even in the airless spaces between planets. written in a manner as if it is a known fact even to we primitive people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A little deus ex machine at the end but as usual with Benford, good "future science derived" content even though some of that content was hard to fathom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Thomas Amen
Benford took the last part of a book he cowrote with my beloved Arthur C. Clarke, Beyond the Fall of Night (oh, how I wish I could italicize in these text fields), and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gabe Waggoner
It is seldom that an author truly upsets me with their writing. Benford has become one of those with this book. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Ali Vossughy
Lots of interesting ideas but an extremely weak plot. Barely worth reading for the ideas. Supposedly happens a billion years in the future, but the changes are weakly justified... Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by William B. Swift
'Beyond Infinity' presents some very interesting ideas and contains some compelling prose. Unfortunately, both of these two commodities are clustered in the book's very beginning... Read morePublished on May 10, 2009 by Christopher H.
Cley, the last Original human, and her non-human friend Seeker set out on a mind-bending adventure in this far-out sci-fi novel of the distant future. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by Dave Deubler
This is one of Benford's better books - the surprises are connected logically enough, but not so tightly that they fail to surprise. Read morePublished on June 11, 2007 by Amazon Customer
folks if you like the hard stuff then benford is for you, with an imaginative mixture of theoretical physics and creative fiction, his books bound with possibilitys.Published on January 30, 2007 by Dave Theriault