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In the Flux, visions of the mind converge with reality:
the currents of hyperspace become dreamscapes of land and sea and sky.
But visions can be perilous, and real...

Panglor cover art by Alan Gutierrez

Cover art for Tor print edition,
by Alan Gutierrez


Doomed in Space

Panglor Balef--discredited as a space pilot, he is marked for death by a treacherous space trader who sends him on a mission of revenge. He doesn't deserve such a fate.

Panglor is a good pilot, and never wanted to be part of the nefarious plot that has trapped him. But it's too late for regrets. For he, along with an intriguing female stowaway, has flown his ship through a window in space that leads to a world of impossible terrors, a world that cannot exist, cannot be real...and from which they can never return. There's only one way out...and that's to escape into sheer madness.

The novel that sets the stage for starship rigging--the discovery that enables the transition from "foreshortening" star travel to the freedom of the Flux, with a most unlikely hero.

Print editions

  • Dell paperback, 1980
  • Revised for Tor reprint July 1996, ISBN: 0-812-53446-8

Ebooks (based on 1996 edition)


"An original and very charming novel, with a particularly unusual protagonist." --Publishers Weekly

Cover for Starstream Publications
ebook, design by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Dragon Space cover by Pat Ryan from art by Jael

Cover for Starstream Publications
ebook by Amanda Kelsey,
Razzle Dazzle Design

Click for original cover
by Pat Ryan, based on art
by Jael

DRAGON SPACE: A Star Rigger Omnibus

Two Novels in One Ebook!
Dragons in the Stars and Dragon Rigger

Dragons in the Stars — When star pilot Jael LeBrae rebels against an abusive ship's master and dares to fly "the mountain route" through the Flux—the hyperspace navigated by riggers—she dismisses the legend claiming that dragons lurk waiting to duel unwary riggers. But appear they do, challenging Jael to a fight to the death. Thanks to the wisdom of a dragon named Highwing, she survives the encounter and returns to starport wiser and stronger. But she hardly expects that fate will bring her back to that realm, to defend Highwing against a darkness that seeks his death.

Dragon Rigger — War engulfs the dragon world, fueled by an unseen foe—a creature of terrible power, known as Tar-skel, "the Nail of Strength." Tar-skel seeks to shape all of space and time into a web of power and death. The Dream Mountain, source of knowledge and life to all dragons, is held by the enemy; and yet, a single hope burns in the dragons' hearts. Led by Windrush, son of Highwing, the dragons await the "One," whom prophecy says shall come from outside the realm—the One who will challenge the darkness. That "One" is Jael LeBrae, human star rigger. Once before, Jael aided the dragons in their struggle. Now she must return to face at last the terrible wrath of Tar-skel. And according to prophecy, the cost of changing the realm is Jael's own life.

Science fiction with mythic dimension, from the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity's End and The Chaos Chronicles. Includes the original Map of the Realm by Ellisa Mitchell, from the print edition.

Individual novels appeared in print from Tor Books.

Ebooks (DRM-free)

Eternity's End jacket art by Stephen Youll

Cover art for Tor print edition
by Stephen Youll





The most recently-completed novel set in the Star Rigger Universe, ETERNITY'S END features the search for the legendary ghost rigger ship Impris and her crew, whose fate is entwined with interstellar piracy, quantum defects in spacetime, galactic coverup conspiracies, and deep-cyber romance.

This book took me four years to bring to completion. Epic in length, it's the longest book I've ever written—including The Infinity Link , my previous magnum opus—and it's a book I'm very proud of. It was a finalist for the Nebula Awards of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Print editions

  • Tor Books hardcover 2000, ISBN: 0-312-85642-3
  • Tor Books paperback 2001, ISBN: 0812534433
  • German edition from Heyne


Reviews and quotes:

"It's onward with [a] one-man Light Brigade, straight into the jaws of doom and destiny. He finds true love, cognitive dissonance, divisions among the enemy, ambitious schemes, another mission--this one deeper than anyone has ever gone before into the substrata of the Flux--and a final resolution that leaves the reader both breathless and satisfied." --Analog

"You don't want to wait for the paperback." --Science Fiction Chronicle

"A galactic epic that's much more than space opera, filled with both drama and bold ideas. Who would have thought a futuristic pirate story could be so original and smart?" --David Brin, author of The Uplift War

Cover for Starstream Publications
ebook, design by Pat Ryan




Dragons in the Stars cover art by Jael

Cover art for Tor print edition,
by Jael




Dragons in space?

A preposterous legend. But when star pilot Jael defies an abusive ship’s master and rigs “the mountain route” through the hyperdimensional Flux, the dragons indeed appear—and challenge her to duel. If she escapes, she would be wise never to return. But the currents of the Flux are fickle, and when fate steers her this way again, she finds Highwing the dragon under sentence of death for the kindness he showed her. Only Jael can intervene—and so she must, for the sake of one who risked his life to save hers.

Also available in Dragon Space: A Star Rigger Omnibus.

Print editions

  • Tor paperback, ISBN: 0-812-53303-8 / Science Fiction Book Club Alternate



Quotes and reviews:

"Carver is a strong SF writer, with a good feel for both the hard SF elements and the people he populates them with. Dragons in the Stars takes his writing ability one step further, as he shows he is not only comfortable working with fantasy elements, but able to succeed at the tough job of melding them into a science-fictional environment without making the SF aspects of the story lose their sense of realism. A well- written, enjoyable book that will impress the technology-oriented readers as well as social/characterization-oriented readers."
--C. von Rospach, Amazing Stories

"An interesting and entertaining blend of genres." --Science Fiction Chronicle

"Carver's prose effectively lends a spare yet evocative resonance to the draconian realm. Like a good stage performer, this story should leave its audience wanting more." --John Bunnell, Amazing Stories

Dragons in the Stars ebook cover

Cover art for Starstream Publications ebook,
by Magdalena Almero Nocea

Cover design by
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Dragon Rigger cover art by Boris

Cover art for Tor print edition,
by Boris





SF with mythic dimension...

A realm at war. The star dragons struggle under the oppression of an unseen foe—a creature of terrible power, who seeks to shape all of space-time into a web of subjugation and death. The Dream Mountain, source of knowledge and life to the dragons, is held by the enemy; and yet, hope burns in the dragons’ hearts. According to ancient prophecy, One will come from outside to challenge the darkness. Star pilot Jael LeBrae may be that savior. Once before, she aided the dragons in their struggle, and now she must return to face at last the terrible wrath of Tar-skel. But if the prophecy holds true, the price of victory over the darkness will be Jael’s own life.

Online for the first time! Map of the Realm by Ellisa Mitchell

Print editions

  • Tor hardcover 1993, ISBN: 0-312-85061-1
  • Tor paperback 1994, ISBN: 0-812-53323-2



Quotes and Reviews:

Dragon Rigger is a most excellent adventure that would make a grand movie if it were not that the special effects budget would surely be quite brutal even in this age of computer animation.... If there is a motto for this novel, it is solidarnosc, solidarity, the power to be gained by sticking with one’s friends, even by sacrificing for the good of others...there is immense verve, energy, momentum, and power...the reader stays with Carver all the way.” —Thomas A. Easton, Analog

“A refreshingly unique setting and excellently realized characters.” —Publishers Weekly



Cover art for Starstream Publications ebook,
by Magdalena Almero Nocea

Cover design by
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff


Star Rigger's Way cover art by Bob Eggleton

Cover art for Tor print edition,
by Bob Eggleton





In the streams of space...

His rigger crewmates suddenly and horribly dead, Gev Carlyle is adrift in the Flux, the "subjective sea" that carries starships at faster-than-light speeds. His lone companion, and his only hope for survival, is a cantankerous castaway alien.

Only a compatible rigger team, their visions meshed in psychic unity, can safely harness the most turbulent currents of the Flux--and Carlyle's ship is being drawn inexorably toward a deadly maelstrom, the unthinkable stresses of the Hurricane Flume. For even a scant chance at survival, he needs the catlike alien's help. But the price for that help is a complete merging of minds and memories.

And Carlyle, at war with his own past, dreads that union more than death itself.

The novel that introduced the Star Rigger universe to thousands of readers.

Print editions

  • Dell paperback, 1978
  • Main Selection of the Science Fiction Book Club
  • Revised for Tor edition 1994, ISBN: 0-812-53444-1

Ebooks (based on 1994 edition)


Reviews and quotes:

"A novel of character-change, maturation, abandonment of illusions and discovering-of-self...it's an engaging science fantasy and the novel will leave you saying to yourself, 'Yeah!'" --Richard E. Geis, Galaxy

"Learning to communicate, to accept change, to understand the past, to express intimacy become rites of passage for the human Gev Carlyle and his felinoid cynthian crewmate Cephean." --Publishers Weekly

Cover for Starstream Publications
ebook, design by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff




Seas of Ernathe cover art by Frank Kelly Freas

Cover art for Laser Books,
by Frank Kelly Freas




The lost secrets of star rigging...

Starship rigging is a long-lost art. But the ocean world Ernathe may hold the key to its rediscovery, if a young star pilot can learn the ways of the mysterious sea people, the Nale’nid. A touching story of love and personal discovery, Seas of Ernathe takes us on a journey back toward the mode of star travel that once knit the galaxy together.

Seas of Ernathe was Jeffrey A. Carver’s first novel, and the first full-length tale of what was to become his popular Star Rigger Universe. Set farthest into the future of all the Star Rigger stories, Seas of Ernathe sets the stage for a new cycle of star-faring history.

From the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity’s End and The Chaos Chronicles.

Print editions

  • Laser Books paperback, 1976



Reviews and quotes:

“Jeffrey Carver imagines wonders and allows us to share his vision.” —Terry Carr

“A wonderful ability to deal sensitively with the interrelationships of characters and their environments... [Carver succeeds] in creating a race and milieu that is not only a good solution to his mystery, but is emotionally effective and believable.” —Galileo Magazine

Cover art for Starstream Publications
ebook, by Chris Howard

Cover design by
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff



Click here to see Books by Universe -- a grouping of all my novels
according to the chronologies of the various future histories.

These books are available from the author, as well as through most bookstores.

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