The Rapture Effect

The Rapture Effect

by Jeffrey A. Carver

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War between the stars.

It was started by an AI, and few humans even knew there was a war at all. But now people are dying, not just robots and aliens--and the AI wants it to stop. But a war is easier to start than to stop, and the computer can't alter its course without outside help. When the Gnostic Control System searches for conspirators, it chooses its friends carefully...

- Pali: a public relations director, who broods far too much on her unfulfilled ambitions.
- Ramo: a flamboyant senso-dancer and sculptor, who prefers a musical jamdam to serious conversation.
- Sage: an awkward systems designer, for whom the AI rapture-field is realer than life.
- And three of the alien Ell: Harybdartt, who would rather die with dignity than betray his people; Lingrhetta, who tries to unravel the meaning of human dance and music, pain and love; and Moramaharta, the binder, who must persuade his fellow decision-makers to risk everything for the sake of a fragile bridge of understanding across the stars.

A thought-provoking novel of the not-too-distant future, from the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity's End and The Chaos Chronicles.


"The story is meaty and satisfying. I enjoyed this one greatly." --Analog Science Fiction

"An absorbing, suspenseful novel of first contact and interstellar war. It's a complex book, requiring concentration from the reader, and is well worth the effort."--Aboriginal SF

"A lively dance of ideas--first contact, interstellar war, artificial intelligence, alien culture--and it moves at a rapid pace, from Earth through cyberspace to the Horsehead Nebula, and various points between. It's well-worth the trip ticket." --Roger Zelazny

Originally published by Tor Books

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150236844
Publisher: Starstream Publications / Book View Cafe
Publication date: 01/11/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 266,471
File size: 891 KB

About the Author

Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of sixteen SF novels, including the ongoing Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including Dragon Space and Nebula finalist Eternity’s End. While his work is usually called hard SF, his greatest love remains character, story, and a healthy sense of wonder.

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The Rapture Effect 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read with 3 different stories going all at the same time. One of the main characters was named Raymo Romano. I think I could have come up with a more creative name. However .I found the similarity humorous. There was an in depth Understanding of the human condition which may be helpful if we ever encounter alien life. The ending dragged at the end when all 3 stories came together. I have read better books by this author and was expecting more than I got from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very complicated plot. Not easy to follow and very easy to put down. Just does not hold my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great plot, loved the characters. highly recommend!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth anything. My ten-year old does better!