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At Millennium's end, the Earth was poisoned beyond repair—and ships ventured out into the solar system in search of life-saving raw materials and new planets to colonize. Now it is 2083. No suitable worlds have been found and the Earth can sustain life no longer. In humanity's final moments, two renegade family units—a microcosm of a self-destructive society—rocket into the heart of a mysterious alien culture. Here an entity has been created for the purpose of preserving all life, but to do so, it must absorb the...
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At Millennium's end, the Earth was poisoned beyond repair—and ships ventured out into the solar system in search of life-saving raw materials and new planets to colonize. Now it is 2083. No suitable worlds have been found and the Earth can sustain life no longer. In humanity's final moments, two renegade family units—a microcosm of a self-destructive society—rocket into the heart of a mysterious alien culture. Here an entity has been created for the purpose of preserving all life, but to do so, it must absorb the past, present, and the future of the universe.

In a distant realm of last, desperate hope, the flawed representatives of a near-dead world are searching for the key to humankind's survival. But it may already be too late...and it may always have been.

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Another wide-ranging, medium-future science fiction yarn from the authors of Alpha Centauri (1997), etc. By the end of the 21st century, nuclear war has wiped out most of the Earth apart from the US; a few brave souls, meanwhile, are exploring the galaxy in hyperspace starships. For a routine scientific mission, fate brings together a quarrelsome and uncomfortable bunch of characters: pilot and compulsive womanizer Wolf O'Malley and his two lovers, housekeeper Honoria Su rez and flight engineer Thalia Jansky; Honoria's teenage daughter, the alluring Cory; Thalia's husband, bureaucrat Mark Porringer, and her son Stu McCray. After approaching a UFO, they fall through a star gate and end up among the Pleiades, only to meet the nonorganic alien BeauHun, who report that the universe is rapidly being engulfed by an entity called the Topopolis. Like the BeauHun and many other species, humans can survive only by becoming vermin within the Topopolis. Helpfully, the Beauflun redesign their ship and install the machine-intelligence TrackTrixCom to navigate through the Topopolis. After various adventures (they flee from a RipWrapper but are grabbed by a PacketWight and lose their ship), the group eventually arrivesþstill bickering, angry, and resentfulþat a vast construct, Galaxios, home to still more aliens and many human types deriving from other probability worlds. All agree to attempt communication with the Topopolis, but to do this they must enter Heaven and confront God. Stunningly imaginative, but with a constant, boorish sexual whine and characters who range from largely unsympathetic to outright nasty: whether metaphor, joke, or misdirected mind-boggler, it sets theteeth on edge.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780380795161
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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