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The Dark Beyond the Stars

A Novel

Frank M. Robinson

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ISBN10: 0312866240
ISBN13: 9780312866242

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420 Pages



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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.


Praise for The Dark 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

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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...

About the author

Frank M. Robinson

Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014) is the author of the classic thrillers, The Power, filmed in 1968, and The Glass Tower, which was one of the sources for the Irwin Allen blockbuster film The Towering Inferno. A U.S. Navy veteran of both WWII and the Korean War, he earned degrees in physics and journalism. He worked at a number of magazines, including Science Digest, Rogue, Cavalier and Playboy before becoming a freelance writer. He is the author of many novels and stories, a noted collector of pulp magazines, and was the executor of the estate of Harvey Milk. His novel The Dark Beyond the Stars won the Lambda Award.

Frank M. Robinson

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