"Excellent SF tale"
After eons of being trapped by the gravity of a black
hole, the interrelated magnetic fields called the Malign
escapes its prison. The essence detests organic matter
and blames humans for the incarceration. Vengeance sends
the Malign towards earth.
Humanity has evolved over the billions of years since
mankind first ventured to the moon. Cley is an Original,
a genetic remake of the oldest known human species and the
last of the "Mohegans" due to an attack by the Malign, at
least that is what the genetically reengineered Supras
insist happened. The Supras consider Cley as an inferior
pet, but she knows that her wardens are hiding part of the
truth from her. She plans to learn what really happened
to her race, but first must escape from her zookeepers.
Abetted by an ET, Cley begins her journey to learn to
learn what the Malign is and why did this creature commit
BEYOND INFINITY is a terrific futuristic science fiction
tale that predicts the path of physics in a realistic
extension of what is known or theorized today, but within
a terse thriller that hooks the reader from the start.
The physics aspects are deftly interwoven as underpins to
the exhilarating plot. The marvelous tale combines a
coming of age subplot along the lines of Luke in Star Wars
with that of a Galactus-like being threatening much of the
galaxy. Gregory Benford provides a tremendous novel that
will send new fans seeking his works (some of the best are
out there) and old readers just shaking their heads that
the guru has done it again.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 6, 2004