For John Bandicut, Earth is but a memory. Stranded outside the galaxy in a vast structure peopled by a thousand races, Bandicut finds unexpected friends—only to be caught up in a cascade of irresistible forces. Confronting an entity known as the boojum, Bandicut discovers that the Shipworld itself is in peril, and only he can intervene. Book 2 of The Chaos Chronicles—with an all-new Afterword.
Jeffrey A. Carver was a Nebula Award finalist for his novel Eternity's End. He also authored Battlestar Galactica, a novelization of the critically acclaimed television miniseries. His novels combine thought-provoking characters with engaging storytelling, and range from the adventures of the Star Rigger universe (Star Rigger's Way, Dragons in the Stars, and others) to the ongoing, character-driven hard SF of The Chaos Chronicles—which begins with Neptune Crossing and continues with Strange Attractors, The Infinite Sea, and Sunborn. The first three Chaos books are available on Smashwords with all-new Afterwords, featuring the author's reflections on the writing of these novels.
A native of Huron, Ohio, Carver lives with his family in the Boston area. He has taught writing in a variety of settings, from educational television to conferences for young writers to MIT, as well as his ongoing Ultimate Science Fiction Workshop with Craig Shaw Gardner. He has created a free web site for aspiring authors of all ages at http://www.writesf.com.
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Reviews for Strange Attractors
Two become four. Continuing in the same vein, readable, and in places enjoyable, the slow beginning works its way through to a rushed conclusion.After using him to save the Earth, and utilising the energy from John's impact with the comet, his magic (sorry alien technology) stones transport him to a new location - "normalising" him en route to cope with the new environment. John and robots quickly discover the landscape isn't as peaceful as it appears. They are rescued by their first contact in this new world, a humanoid looking for a friend, and also concerned about the sudden un-peacefulness of the world. John seems completely unfazed by actually meeting an alien - which must be very different from just hearing the voice of one amongst your thoughts. Ik for that is his name, also has 'stones' but it isn't common among this world's population. No explanation is given for how the eventual disparate group gained their stones. But they all band together peacefully and trustingly to deal with this new menace. John doesn't immediately realise he's on another mission for the Translator, but it's obvious to the reader and feels somewhat contrived.His 'world' is a giant spaceshipmetaworld thing, vast in extent consisting of numerous habitats and races, possibly culled from disasters that engulfed their former homes. No-one knows for sure. John blithely follows his companions around being chased occasionally by a boojum. He isn't shaken, or amazed, by portals; new races of disturbing homology; vast technological prowess, simplistic cultures, or anything else he stumbles upon. Even the reoccurring death of is alien mental companion Charlie, only manages to excite a few paragraphs of confusion. We learn nothing about his companions, little more about himself, and instead are simply told (not shown) about the wonders of this new environment, and it's new bad guy. That said some of the technology is pretty cool, and the action works quite well especially towards the end. But a bit more attention to detail and characters and a lot less gee whiz flitting around, would have made this good rather than ok.read more
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