The Reefs of Time
Part One of the Out of Time Sequence
The Chaos Chronicles: Book 5
by Jeffrey A. Carver
The starstream is beautiful. But beauty turns deadly when an ancient and destructive AI uses it to travel uptime…
The Mindaru are dead.
Or so exiled-Earthman John Bandicut and his alien companions believe, after their intervention to save the Orion Nebula and surrounding worlds. But now a part of this ancient and malicious AI colony is swarming toward the present from its birthplace deep in the past.
Their opening: a temporal disturbance in the starstream, a hyperspatial thoroughfare used by myriad civilizations. The disturbance emanates from the planetary defenses of nearby Karellia, whose people know nothing of the starstream or the galaxy-threatening Mindaru.
Only Bandicut and his friends have the knowledge and experience to act. But when several of the company go missing, he and Li-Jared must team with the pandimensional Ruall and her gokat–the oddest aliens Bandicut has met since the shadow-people–and journey to Karellia to find a way to cut off the timestream.
Meanwhile, on Shipworld, the “missing” Ik meets another human of Earth–a former lover of Bandicut’s–and embarks with her on a perilous mission far back into deep time, seeking a way to stop the Mindaru at their source.
The Chaos Chronicles returns at last with part one of a heartstopping, two-part adventure. Concluded in Crucible of Time–coming soon from Nebula-nominated Jeffrey A. Carver!
PRAISE FOR THE REEFS OF TIME:
“Classic science fiction with engaging characters and richly imagined worlds!” –Greg Bear; author of The Unfinished Land and The War Dogs Trilogy
“Jeffrey A. Carver’s remarkable long-awaited duology The Reefs of Time / Crucible of Time is a welcome addition to The Chaos Chronicles, certifying his continuing mastery of action and adventure at the boundaries of space opera and hard SF.” –Steve Miller, co-author of The Liaden Universe
PRAISE FOR THE CHAOS CHRONICLES:
“Remarkably expansive vision.” –Analog
“Masterfully captures the joy of exploration.” — Publishers Weekly
“Master craftsman of compelling hard science fiction.” — Booklist
One of the best SF novels of the year — Science Fiction Chronicle
“A dazzling, thrilling, innovative space opera.” –Kirkus
“Fertile imagination and… a host of engagingly sympathetic characters.” –Library Journal