The Dark Beyond the Stars

A Novel

Frank M. Robinson

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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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The only thing I remembered was that I had seen extraordinary sights on the morning of the day I died.
I had gone in with the crew of the Lander at 0600, just as the system’s sun began to cast a delicate lavender haze over the valley floor. I was the last one down the ladder, snagging a boot on the bottom rung so I had to make a desperate lunge to keep from sprawling on the planet’s surface below. Nobody seemed to notice, but the stress indicators inside my helmet whirred and a dizzying series of readouts whizzed by in my heads-up display, stopped, then scrolled past

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"A generation-ship masterpiece....Do not miss this novel."--Los Angeles Times

"The Dark Beyond the Stars is the welcome return of a very talented writer."--William Gibson

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Frank M. Robinson

Frank M. Robinson was born in 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and the Korean War, in between earning a B.S. in physics at Beloit College, Wisconsin, and afterward an M.S. in journalism at Northwestern University in 1955. He then worked at a number of magazines, including Science Digest (1956-59), Rogue (1959-65), and Cavalier (1965-66). After working as a staff writer for Playboy from 1969 to 1973, Robinson became a freelance writer. He now lives in San Francisco, California, and is the co-author of Death of a Marionette.

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The Dark Beyond the Stars
A Novel
Frank M. Robinson

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Lambda Literary Awards - Winner

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Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Orb Books
November 1997
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312866242
ISBN10: 0312866240
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 420 pages
$22.99
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