Synopses & Reviews
In a time like the present, in a world that may or may not be our own, three young people-Ginny, Jack, and Daniel-dream of a decadent, doomed city of the distant future: the Kalpa. But more than dreams link these three: They are fate-shifters, born with the ability to skip across the surface of the fifth dimension, inhabiting alternate versions of themselves. And each guards an object whose origin and purpose are unknown: gnarled, stony artifacts called sum-runners that persist unchanged through all versions of time.
Hunted by others with similar powers who seek the sum-runners on behalf of a terrifying, goddess-like entity known as the Chalk Princess, Ginny, Jack, and Daniel are drawn into an all but hopeless mission to rescue the future-and complete the greatest achievement in human history.
Award-winning author Bear is one of science fiction's most accomplished writers. Bold scientific speculation, riveting plots, and a fierce humanism are reflected in this mind-bendingly epic novel that may well be his masterpiece.
About the Author
Greg Bear is the author of more than twenty-five books, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has been awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear, and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.
From the Hardcover edition.