Planets at the edge of the Federation have been falling mysteriously silent. The arrogant and recalcitrant bureaucracy running the Federation grudgingly allows two transcended humans, Riley and Asha, to investigate. They join forces with the Earth's Pedia, a global A.I., along with Tordor, a Dorian representative of the Federation, and Adithya, a member of a splinter group vowing to destroy the Pedia. No one on the team trusts one another. They must find a common ground and the answer to the planetary silences in order to confront an enemy more ancient than the Transcendental and more powerful than any Pedia.
JAMES GUNN is the Hugo Award-winning science fiction author of Transcendental, Transgalactic, and The Listeners, and the coauthor, with Jack Williamson, of the classic epic SF novel Star Bridge. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he is professor emeritus of English at the University of Kansas. He is the founding director of KU's Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Gunn is also one of the last living Grand Master Award winners of the Golden Age of science fiction.