The Reefs of Time & Crucible of Time


The new, two-part chapter in Jeffrey A. Carver’s THE CHAOS CHRONICLES:

The Reefs of Time (Volume 5) and Crucible of Time (Volume 6)—narrated by the Grammy, Audie, and Hugo-winning Stefan Rudnicki—will be out soon from Audible, iTunes, and other audiobook stores!


The Reefs of Time

The starstream is beautiful. But beauty turns deadly when an ancient AI bent on destruction uses it to travel uptime, to humanity’s future.

The Mindaru are dead. Or so exiled-Earthman John Bandicut and his alien companions believe, after their intervention to save the Orion Nebula and surrounding worlds. But now a part of this ancient and malicious AI colony is swarming toward the present from its birthplace deep in the past. Their opening: a temporal disturbance in the starstream, a hyperspatial thoroughfare used by myriad civilizations.

The disturbance emanates from the planetary defenses of nearby Karellia, whose people know nothing of the starstream or the galaxy-threatening Mindaru. 

Only Bandicut and his friends have the knowledge and experience to act. But when several of the company go missing, he and Li-Jared must team with the pandimensional Ruall and her gokat—the oddest aliens Bandicut has met since the shadow-people—and journey to Karellia to find a way to cut off the timestream.

Meanwhile, on Shipworld, the “missing” Ik meets another human of Earth—a former lover of Bandicut’s—and embarks with her on a perilous mission far back into deep time, seeking a way to stop the Mindaru at their source.

Title: The Reefs of Time (Part One of the “Out of Time” Sequence)
Series: Volume 5 of The Chaos Chronicles 
ISBN paperback: 978-1-61138-799-5;hardcover: 978-1-61138-834-3
ISBN ebook: 978-1-61138-798-8 (KINDLE and epub, all major ebook vendors)
Special features: recap of Books 1-4 (Neptune Crossing, Strange Attractors, The Infinite Sea, Sunborn), for new readers



Crucible of Time

The story continues. The time-tides caused by Karellia’s defenses have brought the malicious Mindaru AI out of the deep past into the present, threatening Bandicut and Li-Jared, who have arrived at the backwater planet—Li-Jared’s homeworld—to find it on the brink of interplanetary war. Somehow they must forge a peace between Karellia and its neighboring world if the Mindaru threat is to be broken.

Back on Shipworld, Ik and Julie Stone risk their lives a second time to stop the Mindaru at their source: a planet near the galactic core, a billion years in the past.

Can Antares, the beautiful humanoid who also loves Bandicut, help them? What of Bria the gokat? And Amaduse, the most influential librarian in Shipworld?

And in the deep time of the galaxy’s early history, by the light of a million suns, the Mindaru do hideous things to an innocent species. The Mindaru plan for the altered creatures bears momentous possibilities even the deadly AI cannot predict.

Time is critical. Time is elastic. And time is running out.

“Classic science fiction with engaging characters and richly imagined worlds!” —Greg Bear 

Title: Crucible of Time (Part Two of the “Out of Time” Sequence)
Series: Volume 6 of The Chaos Chronicles
ISBN paperback: 978-1-61138-801-5; hardcover: 978-1-61138-835-0 
ISBN ebook: 978-1-61138-800-8 (KINDLE and epub)

To request review copies or an interview, please contact Mickey Mikkelson at Creative Edge Publicity: / 403.464.6925.   

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