Night Train to Rigel
It all starts when a man comes to deliver a message to Frank Compton - only to fall dead at his feet. What follows is a suspenseful thriller that only Timothy Zahn, a master of hard science fiction adventure, could have written. More than two hundred years from now, the Ouadrail transportation system run by the enigmatic Spiders connects civilizations throughout the galaxy. Someone is threatening the entire system and the worlds it serves with a military force that could wreak interstellar havoc. Worse yet, a more subtle and sinister threat lurks: the Modhri, whose unique coral is prized throughout the galaxy, but which has properties that may create addiction - or worse. Compton, a sharp investigator, lost his job with Earth's security forces when he exposed a corrupt scheme that had roots in high places. Enlisted by the Spiders to find out who's trying to take over the Ouadrail, he's got his hands full. Beings of many races are gunning for him, trying to keep him from discovering a far-flung conspiracy that could destroy every civilization in the galaxy.
- Hardback | 384 pages
- 152.4 x 215.9 x 30.5mm | 498.96g
- 01 Oct 2005
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"The direction "Manta's Gift" ultimately takes is inventive and unexpected . . . Zahn plays out his suspense as deftly as always, building a tense situation and ultimately defusing it in believable and pleasing ways."--"Locus" "Through in-depth characterization, as well as toothsome scientific and political mysteries, Zahn unfold an intricate tale of adventure sure to please his many fans."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Angelmass" "Mixes fantasy and contemporary adventure very well, creating something both entertaining and interesting. A very enjoyable read."--Fantastica Daily on "The Green and the Gray" "Recently I was asked if anyone was still writing the kind of grand space adventure like Heinlein's juveniles or Andre Norton's tales that enticed so many people into science fiction fandom. Now I have the answer and it is a resounding yes! Zahn rocks!" --Genrefluent on "Dragon and Soldier"
About Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn has written more than twenty SF novels and six "Star Wars "tie-in novels, including the all-time bestselling "Heir to the Empire." His YA novel "Dragon and Thief" was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Zahn won a Hugo Award for his novella "Cascade Point." He resides in coastal Oregon.