The Chaos Chronicles (Books 1-3)

The Chaos Chronicles (Books 1-3)

by Jeffrey A. Carver

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An omnibus of three novels: Neptune Crossing, Strange Attractors, and The Infinite Sea. When John Bandicut encounters alien sentience on Triton, his life changes forever--from sacrificing everything to save Earth, to confronting a malicious entity at the edge of the galaxy, to fathoming the abyss of an alien ocean. A major hard-SF adventure from the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity's End. Complete with new Afterwords on the writing of each novel--exclusive to the ebook editions!

Individual novels published in print by Tor Books. DRM-free ePub edition.

Quotes for Neptune Crossing:

One of the best SF novels of the year -- Science Fiction Chronicle

"Jeff Carver is a hard sf writer who gets it right--his science and his people are equally convincing... from a chilling look at alien machine intelligence, to cutting-edge chaos theory, to the pangs of finite humans in the face of the infinite. If you like intriguing ideas delivered in an exciting plot, this is your meat." --Gregory Benford

"Masterfully captures the joy of exploration." -- Publishers Weekly

"Reveals an alien encounter brushing hard against a soul, and takes us from there to the far reaches of the cosmos, all with the sure touch of a writer who knows his science. Jeff Carver has done it again!" --David Brin

For Strange Attractors:

"A dazzling, thrilling, innovative space opera...probably Carver's best effort to date."
--Kirkus Reviews

"An irresistibly readable story line reinforced by fascinating speculative science. Readers who come this far will be hooked for the series' duration."

"Carver's latest novel showcases his own fertile imagination and his talent for creating a host of engagingly sympathetic characters."
--Library Journal

"Carver is at his rousing best in this wild ride into the heart of an enigmatic world beyond the Milky Way. This is science fiction out at the frontier. Maybe beyond the frontier."
--Jack McDevitt

For The Infinite Sea:

"Another splendid adventure, with intriguing puzzles, first-rate problem-solving, and an impressive array of alien characters, motives, and methods."
--Kirkus Reviews

"An absolutely terrific book. Carver is heir apparent to Larry Niven as the king of hard SF: his stories revolve around ideas that are every bit as big as Niven's, and his aliens are every bit as fascinating. Chaos theory says outcomes are unpredictable, but here's one that's a sure thing: if you start reading The Infinite Sea, you won't be able to put it down until the very last page."
--Robert J. Sawyer

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011969270
Publisher: Starstream Publications
Publication date: 12/17/2010
Series: The Chaos Chronicles
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 97,952
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jeffrey A. Carver was a Nebula Award finalist for his novel Eternity's End. He also authored Battlestar Galactica, a novelization of the critically acclaimed television miniseries. His novels combine thought-provoking characters with engaging storytelling, and range from the adventures of the Star Rigger universe (Star Rigger's Way, Dragons in the Stars, and others) to the ongoing, character-driven hard SF of The Chaos Chronicles—which begins with Neptune Crossing and continues with Strange Attractors, The Infinite Sea, and Sunborn.
A native of Huron, Ohio, Carver lives with his family in the Boston area. He has taught writing in a variety of settings, from educational television to conferences for young writers to MIT, as well as his ongoing Ultimate Science Fiction Workshop with Craig Shaw Gardner. He has created a free web site for aspiring authors of all ages at Learn more about the author and his work at
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The Chaos Chronicles (Books 1-3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it! Then, read book #4 - Sunborn. I absolutely loved reading these books and I'm looking forward to book #5 - The Reefs of Time. Be careful though. If you only like conventional stories and you don't like to stretch you imagination, then these books are not for you. There's nothing wrong with that...I'm just saying that you have to really understand and like sci fi to enjoy these books. To those who do, I highly recommend this series!!!! Jeffrey Carver is a seriously heavy sci fi writer. This series is shockingly imaginative and completely original. The writing style is fast-paced and action packed, especially after the first half of the first book. From then on it's nonstop action. It's fun to read. You'll feel relieved when the action stops a little so the characters can rest. It felt like I was resting, too. The story and the characters, including the robots, remain very well-developed throughout all four books. Likeable fellows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Chaos Chronicles ranks up with, if not topping, Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" series as well as Arthur Clark's "Rendezvous with Rama." It is page-turning good writing that engages the reader through all 2785 pages. Lots of narrative detail, but not so much you find yourself muttering "...get on with it...." Not the greatest literature of the genre, but very satisfying and professional writing.
Murasake More than 1 year ago
Chaos Chronicles has it all-engaging characters, wonderfully interesting alien settings and cultures, and a really exciting story. This as all the fun of a good space opera, with a deeper story that will make you think. Highly recommended!
RonnieColeinger More than 1 year ago
As a science fiction author who writes under the pen name of Ronnie Coleinger, I found The Chaos Chronicles to be one of the best works I have read in ages. The character development was fabulous and I quickly formed images in my mind of each character as the story unfolded. I even found that reading Jeffrey's work took precedence over the completion of my own work in progress. Well done! Ronnie Coleinger
Curyll More than 1 year ago
Love these books. Kept me reading and enjoying from start to finish. The author really keeps up the pace, I loved the characters, I even made myself slow down so I could savor the story and make it last. Each book is really fresh and different from the others but continues the story. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series; thank goodness it's already out.
rkbush More than 1 year ago
From the first page to the last, I was hooked. I related to the characters, laughed out loud, and even cried at times. Its rare to be able to escape, and become part of at story.
ChickJ More than 1 year ago
I have been a lover of Space Opera ever since I read the Skylark series and The Foundation series. This trilogy is the best SF space opera I have read in years. Jeffery A. Carver is hidden jewel of a writer. He knows how to write the wonders of SF and combine it with characters that you can fall in love with. Come and follow John Bandicut as he explores wonders of the universe that could be found only in Jeffery A. Carver's mind.
Hercamus More than 1 year ago
It starts with one bewildered and reluctant adventurer on a Quixotic adventure but by the end of the trilogy there are a group of would be Musketeers out on their "knights errand" to save the universe...if only they knew how they were going to do it...
Ravenscroft More than 1 year ago
Wonderful until you are 20% into the book 2. I read book 1 and was almost eager to see a good sequel but still, it took me probably a year or more to order books 2-3... Perhaps I should have stopped at the "longing" step.... Let's do it by book, shall we ? Book 1) Hats down, excellent storyline, well founded wonderful scenery; 5-Stars Book 2) Ugh ! I am under the impression that the author was on magic mushrooms or something alike, lots of nonsense and felt a lot rushed; 2-Stars Book 3) Kinda.. "oh man, this is dragging"; the storyline never really takes off and again, there is some magic mushroom going on; I am at page 250 and just wishing, "Oh lord give me some signal I should finish" ; 3-Stars Average: 3.5 in deference to book 1
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I am so glad I ran into this series surfing through sci fi books. Exciting, fun, scientific. Enjoy! Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The more I read of this book the more I am enjoying it. Carver is a talented if some what undisciplined writer. He seems to be uncomfortable with relationships but the story is good. I look forward to more from him.
Kevin Meyers More than 1 year ago
Looking at previous reviews, I'm obviously in the minority. But that's OK. I took advantage of this being temporarily only $1.99, and I'm glad I didn't spend any more. I'm a fan of true "hard" sci-fi, which to me partially requires a book being written for intelligent adults. I probably would have loved this when I was 13. Instead I found everything about it childish. Ugh. I finished it only because I hate NOT finishing a book. Poor writing, childish dialogue, predicable storyline. No thanks.
JWRyan-Boston More than 1 year ago
One of the dullest science fiction books I have ever read.  Stupid nicknames, a hero who keeps pining for the "girl back home", endless, pointless dialogue that doesn't advance the plot (which is minimal at best).  Not worth even 1.99 in my opinion. 
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good story, good characters, good science, excellent read. This story got off to a slow start, and goes way out there, but it is very good, one of the better Hard science fiction stories i have read in a long while.
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