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Beyond Infinity (original 2004; edition 2004)
Beyond Infinity by Gregory Benford (2004)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044653059X, Hardcover)Takes a scientist's imagination to the uttermost ends of time. Set more than a billion years from now, the novel begins with a young woman who yearns to escape the rigid, timeless Earth she knows. So she flees, in the company of an intelligent beast wise beyond recognition. But there are mysterious forces afoot among the planets that she never foresaw. Alien agencies have learned to span parallel universes, ones that lie only a millimeter away but are invisible to any device known to man. Soon these beings confront the travelers and a struggle beyond imagining begins.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:04 -0400)
"Cley is an Original, a genetically pure member of the most ancient Ur-Human beings. Like others of her forest-dwelling tribe, she expects to spend her few centuries working in the great subteranean Libray of Life." "Then catastrophe strikes when strange, transdimensional life-forms obliterate the Library and kill all of Earth's Originals - except Cley. These uncanny beings also attack the planet's most advanced human species, the highly evolved Supras, who cannot reconstruct the knowledge and DNA lost in the Library's ruins. Nor can they protect Cley." "Forced to flee, Cley must begin a desperate quest for survival, answers, and hope. Joined by a raccoonlike companion called Seeker, she will journey across the myriad environments of her wildly transformed world...and then far, far beyond." "For somewhere - past planets that have been reengineered, past sentient ship-worlds evolving deep between stars, past creatures the size of solar systems - waits the Malign. A being so powerful that it can escape a black hole, the Malign is destroying the galaxy as it hunts down the one thing it fears...Cley."--BOOK JACKET.
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