Dark Light: A Tale of a Future of Limitless Intelligence

Front Cover
Macmillan, Jan 20, 2003 - Fiction - 272 pages

A Tale of Humans In a Universe of Ubiquitous Alien Life

Intelligence, it turns out, is rare—on planetary surfaces. It thrives everywhere else, from the Oort-cloud fringes of star systems to the magma furnaces beneath planetary crusts. And among the most powerful of the galaxy's intelligences, there are profound differences of opinion about how to deal with surface life-forms such as human beings.

For, untold light years from Earth, the powers that rule the universe have been, for millennia, plucking humans (and other intelligent beings) from Earth and forcibly resettling them in a number of star systems close to one another, leaving them to develop on their own. A few generations ago, a small cadre of humans from Earth's 21st century arrived in this "Second Sphere" on their own power—the first humans ever to do so. Their descendants have formed the "Cosmonaut" class that dominates Mingulay. Now, two hundred years later, Gregor Cairns and a small group of associates have rediscovered faster-than-light travel and traveled to the star system next door. They're determined to find more of the original, mysteriously long-lived cosmonauts. They want answers. And for those answers, they intend to interrogate the gods.



At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Title Page Copyright Notice ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 1 Urbi et Orbi
There Dwelt a Lass in Rawleys Toun
Customs
The First Man on Venus
The Apothecarys Traffic
Dawsons Night
Ancient Astronauts
A Man You Dont Meet Every
Vasterthan Intellects and More Cool
The Gods Ourselves
Catastrophic Loss of Data
Lights in the
St Teilhards Day Also by Copyright Page
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Ken MacLeod holds a degree in zoology and has worked in the fields of biomechanics and computer programming. His first two novels, The Star Fraction and The Stone Canal, each won the Prometheus Award; The Cassini Division was a finalist for the Nebula Award; and The Sky Road won the British Science Fiction Association Award and is a finalist for the Hugo Award. Dark Light continues the world of his fifth novel, Cosmonaut Keep. Ken MacLeod lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and children.

Bibliographic information