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The Godel Operation

Published by Baen
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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A droid and his boy, on a search for a legendary weapon.

Daslakh is an AI with a problem. Its favorite human, a young man named Zee, is in love with a woman who never existed. But in the Tenth Millennium, a billion worlds circle the Sun—everything from terraformed planets to artificial habitats, home to a quadrillion beings. Zee is convinced she’s out there somewhere. Then Zee helps Adya—a girl, but definitely not his dream girl—escape a gang of crooks. To get away, the pair must join the hunt for the Godel Trigger, a legendary weapon left over from the ancient war between humans and machines. Now Daslakh must aid in the search, keep Zee’s love life on the right track, and make sure that nobody discovers the real secret of the Godel Trigger—for that would spell doom for men, machines, and the Solar System itself!

About The Godel Operation:

“With this freewheeling story of an ancient, cunning artificial intelligence and its naïve human companion, Cambias (The Initiate) mashes humor, mystery, and looming apocalypse into a roundly satisfying space epic. . . . With plenty of fun moments along the way, this raucous adventure through the solar system’s distant future will appeal to any fan of lighter science fiction.”—Publishers Weekly

"Cambias makes his solar system feel very alive, with wildly different cultures on different planets and moons. It is far-future space opera that is astronomically contained, and written with a lightning bolt."—Warped Factor

Praise for Arkad's World:
“Far-flung adventure . . . Cambias offers up an entertaining coming-of-age novel filled with action and surprises. His aliens are suitably non-human in mannerisms, attitudes, and objectives, and his worldbuilding suggests a vast universe ready for further exploration. Readers . . . will find this hits the spot.”—Publishers Weekly

“. . . a classic quest story, a well-paced series of encounters with different folk along the way, building momentum toward a final confrontation with Arkad’s past . . . [with] a delicious twist to the end.”—ALA Booklist

“Cambias has achieved a feat of world-building: an expansive, believable setting with fascinating aliens, compelling mysteries, and a rich sense of history.”—Bookpage

“Drop a teenage boy into a distant planet chock full of colorful aliens—with troubles all their own. Stir, flavor, apply heat. A tour de force in the field, and great, quick fun.”—Gregory Benford

Praise for the work of James L. Cambias:
“Beautifully written, with a story that captures the imagination the way SF should.”—Booklist, starred review

“An engaging nail-biter that is exciting, fun and a satisfying read.”—The Qwillery

“An impressive debut by a gifted writer.”—Publishers Weekly starred review

“An exceptionally thoughtful, searching and intriguing debut.”—Kirkus starred review

“James Cambias will be one of the century's major names in hard science fiction.”—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–winning author of Red Planet Blues

“Fast-paced, pure quill hard science fiction. . . . Cambias delivers adroit plot pivots that keep the suspense coming.”—Gregory Benford, Nebula Award-winning author of Timescape

About The Author

James L. Cambias is a writer, a game designer, and the cofounder of Zygote Games. He has been nominated for the James Tiptree Jr. Award and the 2001 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Baen (April 26, 2022)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982191887

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