The Reefs of Time

The Reefs of Time by Jeffrey A. Carver

Part One of the “Out of Time” Sequence
The Chaos Chronicles: Book Five

by Jeffrey A. Carver
$6.99 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-798-8
A BVC Original

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!



“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


“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

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