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Publisher's Summary

New entry in the nationally best-selling Liaden Universe series. Sequel to national bestseller The Gathering Edge.

Menace from Back Space Looming out of the Dust of Time

The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves. Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; they destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic.

Strangely, however, the Free Ships and other AIs did not turn themselves in or suicide, they merely became wary of humans, and stayed under their scans. A clandestine support network grew up, including hidden yards where smart ships were manufactured, and mentors — humans specially trained to ease a new intelligence into the universe — socialized them, and taught them what they needed to know to survive.

Among those with a stake in the freedom of Independent Logics is Theo Waitley, who is somewhat too famously the captain of intelligent ship Bechimo. Theo's brother, Val Con yos'Phelium, presides over a household that has for a generation employed an AI butler. Recently, he approved the "birth" of the butler's child, who was sent, with human mentor Tolly Jones, to rescue or destroy an orphaned AI abandoned at a remote space station.

Then there's Uncle, the shadowy mastermind from the Old Universe, whose many projects often skirt the boundaries of law, both natural and man-made — and the puppet-masters at the Lyre Institute, whose history is just as murky — and a good deal less honorable.

All have an interest in the newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic that is rumored to have the power to destroy universes.

The question is: Who will get to it first?

©2018 Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Every now and then you come across an author, or in this case, a pair, who write exactly what you want to read, the characters and personalities that make you enjoy meeting them.... I rarely rave on and on about stories, but I am devoted to Lee and Miller novels and stories." (Anne McCaffrey)

"[T]he many fans of the Liaden Universe will welcome the latest...continuing young pilot Theo Waitley's adventures." (Booklist on Saltation)

"[A]ficionados of intelligent space opera will be thoroughly entertained...[T]he authors' craftsmanship is top-notch." (Publishers Weekly on Lee and Miller's popular Liaden Universe® thriller, I Dare)

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Great Story! Narrator is getting better with Liaden words.

I love the story! This tied up a lot of loose ends in the universe while introducing some tantalizing new themes. I read the advanced fleece coffee and found

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Great addition to the Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not only is it a really good book, but the reader is excellent too. Just a really good purchase for anyone who likes fantasy or science fiction.

What did you like best about this story?

intelligent. compassionate without being soppy. interesting characters by the dozen.

What about Eileen Stevens’s performance did you like?

Good vocals. easy to understand and enjoy.

Any additional comments?

i wait for each new adventure.

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