Neptune Crossing

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When John Bandicut encounters an alien intelligence on Neptune's moon Triton, his life changes irrevocably. Urged by the alien quarx now sharing his mind, he accepts an audacious mission—to steal a ship and hurtle across the solar system in a desperate bid for Earth's survival. Book 1 of The Chaos Chronicles, by the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity's End—with a new Afterword by the author. More
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About Jeffrey A. Carver

Jeffrey A. Carver was a Nebula Award finalist for his novel Eternity's End. He also authored Battlestar Galactica, a novelization of the critically acclaimed television miniseries. His novels combine thought-provoking characters with engaging storytelling, and range from the adventures of the Star Rigger universe (Star Rigger's Way, Dragons in the Stars, and others) to the ongoing, character-driven hard SF of The Chaos Chronicles—which begins with Neptune Crossing and continues with Strange Attractors, The Infinite Sea, Sunborn, and now The Reefs of Time and its conclusion, Crucible of Time.

A native of Huron, Ohio, Carver lives with his family in the Boston area. He has taught writing in a variety of settings, from educational television to conferences for young writers to MIT, as well as his ongoing Ultimate Science Fiction Workshop with Craig Shaw Gardner. He has created a free web site for aspiring authors of all ages at

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About the Series: The Chaos Chronicles
A hard science fiction series inspired by the science of chaos. Follow the beleaguered John Bandicut as his life is transformed by the alien quarx on Neptune's largest moon. Saving the Earth is only the beginning. His adventures will take him to the edge of the galaxy and into companionship with an unlikely assortment of alien beings, all of them torn from their homeworlds by the enigmatic Masters of Shipworld. But they have been brought to Shipworld for a purpose, and that purpose could cost them their lives.

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Reviews of Neptune Crossing by Jeffrey A. Carver

Jo Elegolo reviewed on Nov. 16, 2020

Great adventure, hard scifi with heart, about alien friendship (and love) and lots of phantastic ideas, always believable. I could hardly put my reader aside!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
ApolloMoon reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

I loved Carver's realism describing the Neptune moon Triton so accurate even before New Horizons visited the similar world Pluto.
The book in some ways reminds me of Asimov or Arthur C Clarke.
The main character John Bandicut is a loner a very compelling.
(review of free book)
Richard Lung reviewed on Aug. 5, 2018
(no rating)
Neptune Crossing
Jeffrey A Carver.

This future drama is firmly set in the time it was written, after Voyager 2 took the first photos of Neptune. And when chaos theory, popularised by James Gleick, was a talking point. It is to the 1990s, what the Manhattan project legacy of atomic piles, was to the 1950s, propagandised, as was this outrageous menace to future generations, into a panacea that lingers on to this unfortunate day. I don’t remember Carver being guilty of this dangerous delusion, that still besets many a science-fiction.
Carver has republished his books from the traditional paperback publishing houses, into e-book form. He is a professional, who, I gather, conducts classes, which serve to emphasise that status. And it shows in his writing, that keeps in touch with the moment, so that the reader lives events as they happen.
This is dramatic, at the climax, with all the awkwardness involved in trying to steal a spaceship.
However, the rest of the long narrative may be too introverted to convert readily to the cinema. Dramatic or not, the tale offers a steady, and rather masterly, supply of objectionable characters. The author also does a fair job of the more agreeable souls. And even in so exotic a spot as Charon, the moon of Pluto, the drudgery of the working man makes itself felt.
The narrative character finds himself host to an alien mentality, which is like characterising a split personality. He cannot tell the doctor of his condition without being diagnosed as psychotic. The personal conversation of John Bandicut must serve as a self therapy.
The plot does make the intelligent supposition that First Contact may be with a much older and more benevolent life form.
The outcome owes something to that of 2001 by Arthur C Clarke. It is not really credible but rather something contrived, to set off the sequel from a radically different setting, while implausibly preserving the previously created character.
(review of free book)
Stick Raven reviewed on April 3, 2011

I am always on the look out for hard SF. When I do find it, usually the characters are lacking. Just bots to show off the shiny tech.

Not here. Carver has written plausible SF that has both science and heart.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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