by David Zindell
. The universe
of Neverness is intriguingly complex
, filled with extraordinary beings
. There are the Alaloi, who have chosen to return to the Neanderthal
state ... the Order of Pilots
which reworks the laws of time and physics
to catapult its members through dense regions of 'thickspace' ... the Solid State Entity
, a vast brain
made up of moon-sized biocomputers... and the leldra, a legendary race of aliens that seeded the galaxy aeon
s ago with its DNA
and so began the evolutionary cycle.
Against this rich backdrop unfolds the story of young, headstrong Mallory Ringess, a novitiate of the Order of Pilots. Against all odds he has penetrated the Solid State Entity - and made a stunning discovery. A discovery that could unlock the secret of immortality hidden among the Alaloi....