The Chaos Chronicles 4
by Jeffrey A. Carver
Stars are dying. Bandicut and his friends must learn what threatens the Starmaker Nebula–and confront a billion-year-old adversary of life as they know it.
John Bandicut and his companions are summoned to travel to a star-cloud called Starmaker—known to humans as the Orion Nebula—to discover what force threatens myriad newborn stars, and every world within a thousand light-years. Their journey will take them not just into the perils of a stellar nursery, but into confrontation with the Mindaru, a billion-year-old AI and adversary of life as they know it. Whatever chance they have of stopping the terrifying Mindaru may be found only in the fiery heart of an intelligent sun—with the unexpected aid of sentient clouds named Deep and Dark, who may be the strangest beings they have yet encountered in their exceedingly strange journey.
Back on Triton, Julie Stone—briefly Bandicut’s lover before he was transported away to a new life at the edge of the galaxy—experiences her own encounter with the enigmatic translator, the alien device/being that first drew Bandicut into his extraordinary adventures. Julie, like Bandicut before her, must make a life-or-death decision in defense of the Earth.
Sunborn continues Bandicut and his friends’ journey through the tumultuous worlds of The Chaos Chronicles, Volume Four of a continuing series from the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity’s End. It includes an afterword by the author.
“Carver does his usual outstanding job of juggling multiple viewpoints and plot threads while casting his protagonists’ adventures against a sweeping, intergalactic backdrop. Yet Bandicut’s story is ultimately a very human one about determination, seat-of-the-pants ingenuity, and courage in the face of overwhelming danger.” — Booklist