The multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning Grand Master of Science Fiction delivers “an exciting culmination to an ambitious saga” (Publishers Weekly).
Far into the reaches of space, Anson Guthrie and a band of colonists have forged a new existence on Amaterasu not as physical beings but as downloaded consciousness watched over by the benevolent Life Mother. Yet as idyllic as their lives may be, back home on Earth the situation is growing grim.
Earth’s inhabitants are now completely dependent—and so controlled—by an intelligent machine known as the Teramind. But the instinctual human desire to be free is not something the Teramind has included in its calculations. The seeds of rebellion are growing.
Suspecting a conspiracy to suppress humankind’s last vestiges of freedom, Guthrie and his loyal companions make a dangerous journey back to Earth—risking everything to preserve humanity’s independent destiny.
The thrilling conclusion to Anderson’s four-volume, award-winning epic vision of mankind’s evolution, begun in Harvest of Stars, “Fleet of Stars is a grand story that gets bigger and better with every page” (Larry Bond).
Moving rapidly among Earth, the moon, Mars, space stations and both asteroid and interstellar colonies, this far-future novel concludes Anderson's Harvest of Stars tetralogy (Harvest the Fire, 1995, etc.). The indomitable Anson Guthrie returns to the solar system in the form of a personality downloaded into his spaceship's computer, having learned that the artificial intelligences that exercise a benign despotism over Earth are suspected of hiding a dangerous secret. Rumors of this secret spark nearly 30 years of increasingly violent fighting, ending in the deaths of two of the most likable characters in the book, as Guthrie plays a decisive role in revealing that the "secret" is nothing of the kind. This novel is classic Anderson. Most readers will have long made up their minds about his dialogue (bard-like or unnatural?), descriptive passages (rich or excessive?), libertarian political agenda and other idiosyncrasies. Those who accent the positive--and with Anderson, that means many--will find the novel to be an exciting culmination to an ambitious saga about the future of human evolution. FYI: Anderson, who has won seven Hugo and three Nebula Awards, published his first SF story a half century ago, in 1947.