At 89 years of age, the "Dean of Modern Science Fiction" must know something the rest of us don't, because he's still writing wonderful books. This time Jack Williamson turns his talents to Project Starseed, humanity's ambitious attempt to populate the universe by sending out 99 "wavecraft," faster-than-light ships that provide a one-way ride to the first star they encounter . . . sometimes. Luck is with the crew of ship 99, for their craft comes out of its waveform as planned, but the star they've found is dead, and the planet below them has been lifeless for 1 billion years. Until now.
From Library Journal
After Project Starseed's 99th and last colonizing ship leaves a ravaged Earth to find a habitable planet, it is dropped by faster-than-light quantum wave technology at a frozen planet orbiting a dead sun. Stowaway Carlos Mondragon; Dr. Rima Virili; her son, Kip; daughter Day; and the rest of the crew find themselves stranded with a crazed captain intent on leaving the planet. Commanded by mysterious beads found in an excavation, Day and two scientists trek across the frozen wastelands toward the polar continent in search of escape. Master craftsman Williamson (Demon Moon, Tor, 1994) evokes terror and uncertainty on the frozen planet in this highly recommended adventure.
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