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George Slusser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038228

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038228.001.0001

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To the Galactic Center

To the Galactic Center

From Earth to Eternity

(p.113) Chapter 6 To the Galactic Center
Gregory Benford

George Slusser

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the next four novels in Gregory Benford's Galactic Center series: Great Sky River (1987), Tides of Light (1989), Furious Gulf (1992), and Sailing Bright Eternity (1995). The novels span vast expanses of spacetime and nine years of Benford's career. Great Sky River is the story of Killeen Bishop, the leader of a band of cyborg-humans who are engaged in constant struggle with the Mechs. Killeen's quest to save his ever-dwindling band leads him to more and more alien encounters. In Tides of Light the planet Killeen and his tribe find is an “inhabited island,” a place full of unexpected and unpleasant surprises. Furious Gulf shifts the narrative focus from Killeen to his son Toby, while Sailing Bright Eternity places its human protagonists in the most nonhuman environment modern science can imagine. The chapter explains how Benford works toward the grand union of spacetime, evolution, and human destiny in Sailing Bright Eternity.

Keywords:   spacetime, Gregory Benford, Galactic Center series, Great Sky River, Tides of Light, Furious Gulf, Sailing Bright Eternity, cyborg-humans, evolution, human destiny

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