The Dark Beyond the Stars: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1997 - Fiction - 420 pages
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For two thousand years, the starship Astron has search the galaxy for alien life--without success. Now, just as the ship is falling apart, the only direction left to explore is across the Dark, a one-hundred-generation journey through empty space.

The ship's captain--immortal, obessed--refuses to abandon the quest. He will cross the Dark, or destroy the ship trying.

Only Sparrow, a young crewman uncertain of his own past, can stand against the captain, and against the lure and challenge of the dark beyond the stars....

 

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Aboard the generation ship Astron , bound on a mission to seek out life amid the stars, an insane captain resolves to lead his crew into empty space (and almost certain death), while a crewman ... Read full review

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If you loved the character development in Orson Scott Card's, Ender's Game, you will instantly fall in love with The Dark Beyond The Stars. Robinson paints such an easy picture to follow as the main character, "Sparrow", interacts with those around him. It is a rabid page-turner and easily places itself on your top shelf. If you are an avid Sci-Fi reader you will appreciate this books haunting theme. If you have never read Science Fiction you will enjoy each progressive character trait in this book which eventually leads up to one of the best endings of any book ever printed. If you have a chance to peruse this book, please do. You will most likely have to purchase it online, because I think it is out-of-print. 

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About the author (1997)

Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014) is the author of the classic thrillers, The Power, filmed in 1968, and The Glass Tower, which was one of the sources for the Irwin Allen blockbuster film The Towering Inferno. A U.S. Navy veteran of both WWII and the Korean War, he earned degrees in physics and journalism. He worked at a number of magazines, including Science Digest, Rogue, Cavalier and Playboy before becoming a freelance writer. He is the author of many novels and stories, a noted collector of pulp magazines, and was the executor of the estate of Harvey Milk. His novel The Dark Beyond the Stars won the Lambda Award.

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