The Greatship

By Robert Reed

Since the start of the universe, the enormous starship wandered the emptiest reaches of area, with no staff or path, less any transparent goal. yet people discovered the relic outdoors the Milky approach, and after taking ownership, they named their prize the nice send and launched into a daring voyage throughout the galaxy’s civilized hearts.

Larger than worlds, the good send is laced with caverns and oceans, scenes of exalted good looks and corners the place no creature has ever stood. Habitats may be created for each clever species, only if the passengers will pay for the consideration of a berth, and the human captains make the foundations and dispense the justice in what quickly turns into hundreds of thousands of alien species joined a wild, unpredictable journey.

The first nice send tale was once “The Remoras”, released in 1994 by way of THE journal OF delusion AND technology FICTION. All however the latest titles within the sequence were incorporated during this quantity, prepared in a coarse chronological order, each one tale in part rewritten to catch the author’s turning out to be services within the starship. New fabric has been additional to bridge the centuries, confidently enriching the resident confusion.

Robert Reed is the writer of a dozen technological know-how fiction novels, together with titles concerning the nice send: MARROW and THE good OF STARS, either from Tor Books. He has additionally released greater than 200 shorter works, profitable a Hugo in 2007 for his novella, “A Billion Eves”. Reed is a long term resident of Lincoln, Nebraska.

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