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Sylveste is the only man ever to return alive and sane from a Shroud, an enclave in space protected by awesome gravity-warping defenses: "a folding a billion times less severe should have required more energy than was stored in the entire rest-mass of the galaxy." Now an intuition he doesn't understand makes him explore the dead world Resurgam, whose birdlike natives long ago tripped some booby trap that made their own sun erupt in a deadly flare.
Meanwhile, the vast, decaying lightship Nostalgia for Infinity is coming for Sylveste, whose dead father (in AI simulation) could perhaps help the Captain, frozen near absolute zero yet still suffering monstrous transformation by nanotech plague. Most of Infinity's tiny crew have hidden agendas--Khouri the reluctant contract assassin believes she must kill Sylveste to save humanity--and there are two bodiless stowaways, one no longer human and one never human. Shocking truths emerge from bluff, betrayal, and ingenious lies.
The trail leads to a neutron star where an orbiting alien construct has defenses to challenge the Infinity's planet-wrecking superweapons.
At the heart of this artifact, the final revelations detonate--most satisfyingly. Dense with information and incident, this longish novel has no surplus fat and seems almost too short. A sparkling SF debut. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One of the best books i have ever read. I've only read it like twenty times. A book full of potential thought, mystery, great imagery and wonder. Read morePublished 12 days ago by John Carter
Finally I found an epic Sci-Fi story I could enjoy in more that 1-2 evenings. 1-2 minor typo's, but over all an enjoyable read.Published 21 days ago by Geek Dad
I enjoyed House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds, so I bought this book. The story was good, but it never really grabbed my interest the way some other books have. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan
Let's face it, this book is a straight rip of Larry Niven. Bussard Ramjets and a cataclysmic event so far in the Galaxy's past that intelligent life has to evolve again? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Johnzo
This is the first of a number of novels by one of my favorite authors. It's hard to start but then flows as a good sci Fi story should. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rollo
probably doesn't absolutely deserve a 1 but it had such potential that by the time i realized how much this book sucked i was pretty pissed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JEAN
When we look out to the stars, why does humanity seem so alone? Obviously the universe is not completely hostile to life. We are alive in it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zach