A Lambda Literary Award Winner
A New York Times Notable Book
The Dark Beyond the Stars is an epic novel of interstellar travel, alternate sexuality, and overpowering obsession.
For two thousand years, the starship Astron has searched 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 100-generation journey through empty space.
The ship's captain—immortal and obsessed—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 both the lure and challenges of the dark region beyond the stars.
"A generation-ship masterpiece . . . Do not miss this novel."—Los Angeles Times
"The Dark Beyond the Stars brings the welcome return of a very talented writer."—William Gibson
"Robinson's latest is a work of wholehearted SF . . . Sparrow's inner turmoil [is] consistently presented with insight and compassion."—Kirkus Reviews
Reviews from Goodreads
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...