Fleeing the supernova chain reaction at
the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of
Worlds have---just barely---survived. They’ve stumbled
from one crisis to the next: The rebellion of their human
slaves. The relentless questing of the species of Known
Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like
Gw’oth. The onslaught of the genocidal
Catastrophe looms again as past crises
return---and converge. Who can possibly save the Fleet of
Worlds from its greatest peril yet?
Wu? Trapped in the Wunderland civil war, all he
wants is to go home---but the only possible escape will
plunge him into unknowable danger.
Ol’t’ro? The Gw’oth ensemble mind fled
across the stars to establish a colony world free from
tyranny. But some problems cannot be left behind, and
other problems---like the Fleet of Worlds itself---are
racing straight at them.
Achilles? Despite past disgrace, the
charismatic Puppeteer politician knows he is destined
for greatness. He will do anything to seize power---and
to take his revenge on everyone who ever stood in his way.
Nessus? The insane Puppeteer scout is out
of ideas, out of resources, with only desperation left to
Their hopes and fears, dreams
and ambitions are about to collide. And the winner
takes . . . worlds.
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