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Sunborn (edition 2008)
Sunborn by Jeffrey A. Carver
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312864531, Hardcover)
With a plot inspired by chaos theory, fully realized characters, and plenty of twists and turns, this exciting hard SF adventure will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
John Bandicut and several aliens and artificial intelligences have been thrown together by a force greater than themselves to prevent cataclysmic disasters on an interstellar scale. Now, before they can take a break after a world-saving mission, they are pulled into a waystation that is being threatened by highly destructive gravity waves.
The waves are part of a much larger problem. Something is causing stars to become unstable and go prematurely nova--they're being murdered. When the waystation is destroyed by the gravity waves, Bandicut and his crew barely escape on a jury-rigged ship. Their destination is a star nursery in the Orion Nebula, where sentient stars are being driven to destruction by an artificial intelligence bent on remaking the cosmos in its own image.
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"John Bandicut deserves a rest. Rescuing Earth from a wayward comet wasn't accomplishment enough, and neither was saving two other worlds from imminent disaster. Exiled from his homeworld and traveling with an eclectic group of aliens - including a quarx in his head - he has been plucked from one mission to another, and from one end of the galaxy to another, and he and his companions are tired.""Would it be too much to ask, when they arrive at an interstellar waystation, that they receive a little R&R, and maybe even some answers? Apparently so. Hyperspatial gravity waves shake the station repeatedly, and they're getting stronger. These shock waves merely hint at the trouble brewing in the nearby Starmaker Nebula, better known to Bandicut as the Great Orion Nebula. What's the cause of the disturbance? No one knows. The company's task is to find out - not just because their R&R center is threatened with destruction, but because sentient stars in the nebula are dying. And the danger could ripple out over 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 a confrontation with the Mindaru, 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."--BOOK JACKET.
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