Hans Rebka, interstellar troubleshooter, thought he had done it all by now—not only solving the mystery of the gigantic Artifacts which a vanished race called the Builders had left behind millions of years ago, but also preventing the warlike and tyrannical Zardalu from regaining their onetime dominance of the galaxy. He figured he was entitled to work on smaller problems that only involved one planet at a time. Unfortunately, he is about to find that his earlier exploits were only a warm-up for the main event.
In the Sagittarius Arm of the galaxy, something is destroying whole stellar systems. Only the Builders could have the power to snuff out whole stars and planets, but if the mysterious super-race has returned, why should they bring a wave of cosmic destruction with them Has a new, malevolent super-race arisen
Rebka reassembles his old motley crew of humans and aliens to investigate. But when they arrive in the beleagured spiral arm, they become trapped on a planet directly in the path of destruction. And they must escape, for they have learned the secret of the destroyed star systems: a battle is beginning that will determine the ultimate fate of the galaxy itself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charles Sheffield, a mathematician and physicist, is a past president of both the American Astronautical Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America, and the chief scientist of the Earth Satellite Corporation. He has published over a hundred technical papers and monographs on such subjects as nuclear physics, gravitational field analysis, and general relativity, and an equally large body of popular science articles for the layman. He serves as a science reviewer for several prominent publications.
In science fiction, Dr. Sheffield has received the coveted Nebula and Hugo Awards, as well as the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for his novel for Baen, Brother to Dragons. His other SF novels for Baen include Between the Strokes of Night, The Mind Pool and its sequel The Spheres of Heaven, and two prequels to Resurgence: Convergent Series and Transvergence. He is also the author of Borderlands of Science: How to Think Like a Scientist and Write Science Fiction, which is both a nonfiction survey of current scientific frontiers and an explanation of how a science fiction writer can write SF using bona fide scientific knowledge. Which is just the sort of SF that Dr. Sheffield has been writing for some time now, to the resounding acclaim of readers and critics alike.
TO DEFEAT THE IMMORTALS,
YOU MUST BECOME AN IMMORTAL
After the Nuclear Spasm in the 21st century, homo sapiens was extinct, save for a tiny remnant scattered in small, primitive space colonies. At first Solar Humanity had only one goal: survival. But when the battle for existence was won, humankind began moving outward in slow, multi-generation space ships, and as the millennia passed, planet-based civilizations emerged in many star systems.
In the year 27,698 A.D., to these new worlds come the Immortals, beings with strange ties to ancient Earth, beings who seem to live forever, who can travel light years in days—and who use their strange powers to control the existence of ordinary mortals.
On the planet Pentecost, a small group sets out to find and challenge the Immortals. But in the search they themselves are changed: as Immortals, they discover a new threat, not just to themselves, but to the galaxy itself.
"... one of the very best hard science fiction writers in the world." —Kim Stanley Robinson
"One of the field's most inventively readable practicing scientists... provides his customary sterling performance.... Sheffield clothes the most advanced speculations of modern science in alluring form." —The Washington Post Book World
"One of the most imaginative, exciting talents to appear on the SF scene...." —Publishers Weekly
Overpopulated 21st-century Earth was an accident waiting to happen—then both the Sun and the Earth underwent convulsions, causing crop failures and global famine.
Trennt is a courier for what's left of the U.S. government, a hard man in a hard world, made bitter and cynical by the death of his wife. He has a sterling record of getting through roving packs of ruthless looters, traps set by hijackers, and mobs made desperate by starvation. Mow he has to reach a secret project in Wyoming and bring back a breakthrough discovery that can restore the U.S.A.—but what he doesn't know is that someone in the government plans to terminate the project and its personnel.
Trennt has to get the project files back to Washington in spite of a sabotaged aircraft and agents sent to eliminate him and his charges. But Trennt has never failed to get the job done before. And anyone who gets in his way is not likely to live to regret the encounter....
"Skylock is a vivid, intelligent novel of a man fighting to save his world—and learning that he has a chance to regain his soul as well." —David Drake
SOME DAYS IT JUST DOESN'T PAY TO
GET OUT OF YOUR SLEEPING BAG.
The successor to March Upcountry
It wasn't so much that Prince Roger and his surviving remnant of elite bodyguards are marooned on a barbarian planet. Or that they have been on continuous operations for so long they are getting shocky. Or that they still have half a planet to cross. Or that they are basically out of ammunition for their plasma and bead rifles and just about out of cash. Sure, those are all problems, but they're not the real problem.
No, the problem is Roger is in love. With one of his bodyguards. And the romance is not going well. Damnbeast Sure. Vampiric moths Okay. Screaming waves of barbarians No problem. But when you have Nimashet Despreaux and Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock at sword's point, that's real danger.
And it's just the beginning.
To get to the distant port that is their only way off the planet, they'll be forced to battle enraged monsters, displaced mercenaries, religious fanatics and a barbarian horde to shame the Huns. Along the way they'll have to recreate the Reformation, the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. And do it all in a context their four-armed, horned, grizzly-bear sized native allies can handle.
It will strain all their experience and knowledge, as the most elite, the most multitalented and above all the toughest bodyguards in human space. But the really hard part will be keeping Roger and Nimashet from killing each other.