What was the light that mazed every mind's sky - and then was gone? Why has it brought a flying tepui mountaintop home from the stars, and sent investigators into the orbital habitats floating above Earth? How is it connected to a "living fossil" fungus of great entheogenic powers? Or to a dead madman? Or to the fate of a planet overpopulated, hypermediated, corporate dominated, and heat-gas insulated? Forces that are socially and politically polarized, both good and evil, selfless and selfish, must search for the answers to these questions.
Roger Cortland came to the Orbital Complex to continue his life's work in virtual reality. Marissa Correa came to work with Cortland, and to observe this Utopian society up close. Jhana Meniskos came to work in "Orbital Park", the station's biodiversity preserve. But no Utopia is safe-from corruption, from sabotage, from corporate greed. And when this perfect world begins to unravel - attacked from Earth and from within - all three will have to fight to protect their work and their lives.
"Only got half way thru waste of time"
Spanning the first part of the 21st century, Better Angels revolves around the mystery of an ancient, alien artifact resembling an angel's shoulder blade, and the transcendent effect it has on five people, whose lives and relationships lead to - and are forever altered by - its discovery.
An astronaut with suicidal tendencies from having spent too much time in suspended animation. Machine descendants of human technology, trying to understand what their creators were thinking. Virtual and atomic spins on apocalypse. Mystics (one Martian, one mathematician) who succeed by failing and fail by succeeding. Cutting-edge science fiction by a modern master.
A plausibly mad "mushroom messiah" and a lost tribe - soon to be more lost than ever as humanity's first ambassadors to the stars. Three fighter pilots on a secret mission involving the Roswell cover story's surprising truth. An early astronomer discovers the macrocosm of which our universe is just a part. A trip backwards from 1999 to the 1939 World's Fair, and a meeting with Einstein. More strange yet compelling characters encountering the challenges of a technological world.