A worthy addition to the speculative Glittering Edge series that explores humanity's response to the continued incursion of machines upon the natural world."
Shelf Awareness for Readers
"If you have an interest in transhumanism or stories about what it means to be human, you really need to read these books."
"I loved Brenda Cooper's Philip K. Dick Award-nominated novel
Edge of Dark
, but the follow-up,
Spear of Light, is even better. Cooper pits human against post-human and brilliantly reveals the best and worst of her characters. This is a fascinating, well-realized world."
, author of
The Ultra Thin Man
When the post-human Next suddenly reappear in a solar system that banished them, humans are threatened. Their reactions vary from disgust and anger to yearning to live forever like the powerful Next, who are casually building a new city out of starships in the heart of the planet Lym.
Ranger Charlie Windar is desperate to save his beloved planet from both the Next and the humans who want to destroy them no matter the cost to Lym, and who may draw the wrath of the Next onto all of humanity. Ambassador Nona Hall strives to forge links between the powerful station she's from, The Diamond Deep, and the people of Lym.
In the meantime, the post-humans' motives remain inscrutable. Why are they interested in the ancient past of a planet that has been ravaged and rebuilt at least once? Can Charlie and Nona bring humanity together in time to preserve it from the mysterious Next?
In case you missed the beginning...
"Fascinating... Edge of Dark is worth reading for a unique vision of artificial intelligences... and Cooper gives you a lot to think about."
"A sure bet for fan fans of post-singularity shenanigans and A.I.s run amok."
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