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THE CHAOS CHRONICLES
by JEFFREY A. CARVER

a sweeping hard SF series inspired by the emerging science of chaos


Volume One: NEPTUNE CROSSING

Neptune Crossing cover art by Alan Gutierrez


Named one of the best SF novels
of 1994
by SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE

Two unlikely heroes...

When John Bandicut sets out across the surface of Triton, he's hardly ready for the storm of chaos that's about to blow through his life. The alien quarx that soon inhabits his mind is humanity's first contact with an alien life—a contact Bandicut can reveal to no one. The quarx, part of an ancient galactic civilization that manipulates chaos theory to predict catastrophic events, seeks to prevent a cometary collision that could destroy the Earth.

But it must have help. If Bandicut chooses to trust the quarx, he must break all the rules—sacrifice his life as he knows it—to prevent humanity's greatest cataclysm. Leaving friends and lover behind, hurtling across the solar system in a stolen spaceship, Bandicut can only pray that his actions will save the Earth. Even if he doesn't live to see it again.

Cover art for Tor edition by Alan Gutierrez.

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Quotes and Reviews:

"Jeff Carver is a hard sf writer who gets it right—his science and his people are equally convincing. NEPTUNE CROSSING combines his strengths, from a chilling look at alien machine intelligence, to cutting-edge chaos theory, to the pangs of finite humans in the face of the infinite. If you like intriguing ideas delivered in an exciting plot, this is your meat." —Gregory Benford

"Masterfully captures the joy of exploration...a fiery conclusion sets Bandicut up for further adventures in yet another alien world, where Carver may find greater room to employ his gift for the fine rendering of difficult scientific concepts." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Reveals an alien encounter brushing hard against a soul, and takes us from there to the far reaches of the cosmos, all with the sure touch of a writer who knows his science. Jeff Carver has done it again!" —David Brin

"Solid science, a complex and believable protagonist—an ordinary man rising to extraordinary circumstances—and an alien presence that is at once convincingly strange and deeply real. I'm really glad to have read this one." —Melissa Scott

"A roaring, cross-the-solar-system adventure of the first water. This is a winner, the kind of stuff that made us all love science fiction. Recommended with enthusiasm." —Jack McDevitt

"One of the very best things Carver has written, a traditional adventure filled with mystery and wonder and featuring a likable and believable protagonist thrust onto a stage for which he is ill prepared." —SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE

"High-octane space adventure: mystery, humor, theoretical physics, and one of the more interesting SF aliens you've likely encountered in a long while." —Allen Steele

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Volume Two: STRANGE ATTRACTORS

Strange Attractors cover art by Alan Gutierrez
A ship full of worlds...

For John Bandicut, Earth is but a memory.


Miraculously alive, Bandicut is stranded somewhere on the fringes of the galaxy, docked at a structure of unimaginable size. Exploring the world within, he finds that he and countless other beings have been brought to this vast "shipworld," which contains countless alien biospheres joined both physically and by a web of n-dimensional energy. But he and his new friends Ik and Li-Jared cannot enjoy the marvels of Shipworld. Manipulated by powers beyond their knowledge, they are soon caught in a cascade of unseen forces, like the strange attractors of chaos theory, driven toward some greater purpose.


Within Shipworld lurks a malign entity known as the "boojum," which is corrupting critical intelligence systems. Bandicut is inexorably drawn into battle with this force, which threatens to destroy them along with the rest of Shipworld.

For Bandicut, a long journey into the unknown has begun.

Cover art for Tor edition by Alan Gutierrez.

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Reviews and quotes:

"Has all the ingredients for well-deserved popularity: an original creative angle using the budding science of chaos theory; an intriguing alien life-form in the symbiotic quarx, Charlie; and an irresistibly readable story line reinforced by fascinating speculative science. Readers who come this far will be hooked for the series' duration." —BOOKLIST

"A dazzling, thrilling, innovative space opera...probably Carver's best effort to date." —KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Carver's latest novel showcases his own fertile imagination and his talent for creating a host of engagingly sympathetic characters." —LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Carver is at his rousing best in this wild ride into the heart of an enigmatic world beyond the Milky Way. This is science fiction out at the frontier. Maybe beyond the frontier." —Jack McDevitt, author of THE ENGINES OF GOD.

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Volume Three: THE INFINITE SEA

The Infinite Sea cover art by Alan Gutierrez


Starred review in Kirkus!

In an alien sea...


John Bandicut and his company of friends have journeyed from the mysterious Shipworld back into the galaxy. The "star-spanner" bubble which carried them has brought them to an ocean world...and left them underwater, and sinking rapidly. Caught by mer creatures, they are brought to an undersea city, where the race of sea-people known as the Neri live in perpetual night. The Neri roam the ocean at will. But they face multiple dangers— ranging from an inimical race called the landers, to a failure of their irreplaceable deepsea factories, to a terrifyingly powerful object in the deep abyss, now stirring back to life.


Is this why the company was brought here—to help the Neri, as alien powers helped save Earth? For Bandicut, the discovery that the Maw of the Abyss is a stargate—perhaps a stargate gone wrong—is only the beginning of an answer.

Cover art for Tor edition by Alan Gutierrez.

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[scroll] Read Prelude and Chapter One, Into an Alien Sea.

Reviews and quotes:

"Another splendid adventure, with intriguing puzzles, first-rate problem-solving, and an impressive array of alien characters, motives, and methods." —KIRKUS starred review

"An absolutely terrific book. Carver is heir apparent to Larry Niven as the king of hard SF: his stories revolve around ideas that are every bit as big as Niven's, and his aliens are every bit as fascinating. Chaos theory says outcomes are unpredictable, but here's one that's a sure thing: if you start reading THE INFINITE SEA, you won't be able to put it down until the very last page." —Robert J. Sawyer, author of THE TERMINAL EXPERIMENT

"Carver scores again. Gives us mystery, high adventure, and the sense of wonder in the grand old tradition." —Jack McDevitt

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Volume Four: SUNBORN

The Infinite Sea cover art by Alan Gutierrez


Into the Heart of a Stellar Nursery

Mission: travel to a nebula called Starmaker. Find what is threatening not just the star nursery, but every world within a thousand light-years.

John Bandicut and his companions are tired. Would it be too much to ask for a little rest? Apparently so. They reach an interstellar waystation, only to find that it's being hammered by shock waves from the nearby Starmaker, known to Bandicut as the Great Orion Nebula. What's the cause? No one knows. But they need to find out, not only because their present shelter is threatened with destruction, but because sentient stars in the nebula are dying. And the danger could cascade across thousands of light-years, threatening uncounted worlds—including Earth.

Aboard a ship called The Long View, Bandicut and his band of exiles journey not just into the perils of a star-forming nebula, but into confrontation with a billion-year-old 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.

Cover art by Stephen Martiniere

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Reviews and Quotes:

"Grand-scale hard science fiction with strong characters and lots of scientific ideas." —SF REVU

"Carver's latest addition to the "Chaos Chronicles" series...ensures his place among the most inventive of contemporary authors of hard sf and speculative theory. Filled with startling ideas and ingenious plot twists, this sf adventure (along with its series predecessors) belongs in most sf collections." —LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Leaps quite madly from pot to kettle to frying pan to fire. The pace never lets up. [A] remarkably expansive vision." —ANALOG

"Space opera at its most agreeably and classically science fictional...entirely accessible to any reader who appreciates high-powered stellar and n-dimensional physics blended with old-school space-faring." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Jeffrey A. Carver is back, and it was worth the wait! SUNBORN is a rousing, mind-expanding adventure from one of true masters of hard SF. Bravo!" —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids

 


Currently squeezing its way from my head onto the page:
Volume Five: THE REEFS OF TIME

(Sorry, I don't know when it will be finished. I am working hard on it. Check blog for updates.)

 

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