The Celestial Steam Locomotive Author:Michael Coney In a future so distant that man has evolved into five distinct species on an Earth that is but one of many possible Earths, Michael Coney takes up myth, magic, alien worlds, wondrous beings, dreams, and high technology to weave a rich tapestry of epic proportions. The Celestial Steam Locomotive, the first volume of The Song of Earth, begins an ... more »extensive future history of Earth and man's home galaxy as told by Alan-Blue-Cloud, a pure intelligence, ineffable and immortal, who remembers not only what was but what will be.
In the year 143,624 Cyclic, Earth is a planet that possesses only its past. Aeons earlier, the True Humans - those left on the planet after the Great Migration - withdrew into the Domes where, in sleep and with the aid of the Rainbow, they could dream time away on Dream Earth - a place where wishes, big and small, nearly always come true. Near one of these Domes is a primitive village where a young man, Manuel, lives in a hut by the sea and pursues his calling as an artist. Life in the village has been stagnant for centuries, and only the nearby Dome recalls to its inhabitants the past glories of the scientific age. But within the Dome are an old man and a sleeping girl who, in partnership with Manuel and under the direction of Starquin the Omniscient, will soon come together as the Triad, a team that will challenge the age-old forces that hold the Earth in thrall, and change the history of the galaxy.« less