Wrongly discredited as a space pilot, Panglor Balef is doomed to die in space, if sheer luck doesn’t bring him through. But luck has never been in Panglor’s cards. Bad enough to be coerced into a mission of murder and suicide, he must also contend with Alo—a young woman, stowaway, and impossible companion. Neither of them, nor his empathic ou-ralot, could possibly anticipate the journey through space-time they are about to embark on, through a door to an insane reality from which there is almost certainly no return. It could be the discovery of the millennium, but the only way home is to journey even further into the heart of madness.
The stunning prequel to the famed Star Rigger Universe of Jeffrey A. Carver, Nebula-nominated author of Eternity’s End and The Chaos Chronicles.
“An original and very charming novel, with a particularly unusual protagonist.” —Publishers Weekly
“Panglor is an interesting and different novel... a fun read.” —Future Life
REVIEWS OF OTHER WORKS BY JEFFREY A. CARVER:
“Masterfully captures the joy of exploration.” —Publishers Weekly
“Jeffrey Carver imagines wonders and allows us to share his vision.” —Terry Carr, editor of Universe and numerous “Best of the Year” anthologies
“What is evident in Carver’s work is a wonderful ability to deal sensitively with the interrelationships of characters and their environments.” —Galileo Magazine
“Carver writes powerfully and clearly and has produced a book that is likely to find an audience among hard SF readers.” —Booklist
“Carver is a strong SF writer, with a good feel for both the hard SF elements and the people he populates them with.” —Amazing Stories
'I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
Our world is small. We’re on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us as taught to us by our forefathers.
If I were to walk westward from here, I’d come across a barrier - the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that's what everyone says. I’ve never seen one.'
Leia lives on an island where children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they’re just ten years old. Across the island runs a Wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it should be shunned because they believe in salvation from across the sea. That's what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same again. Walt, the boy from the other side of the Wall, isn’t as foolish as she was always led to believe. And as Leia and Walt set out to bring the truth about both their societies to light, all the things they once took for granted fall by the wayside.
Their island world is about to change... for better or for worse.