World's End Author:Joan D. Vinge Now at last, Joan D. Vinge, bestselling author of the Return of the Jedi Storybook, returns to the universe of her award-winning Snow Queen, with a novel as dazzling, as compelling, as the "future classic" (Arthur C. Clarke). — BZ Gundhalinu, police officer of the Hegemony, member of the elite "tech" class of the ruling planet Kharemough, left th... more »e planet Tiamat before the Stargate closed, cutting himself off forever from the simple barbarian girl who gave him back his sense of self-worth. Moon Dawntreader Summer is now the Summer Queen, and BZ knows he can never again be her lover.
But the strict Kharemoughi codes of honor have made him an outcast, too, and he selects a remote outpost of the Hegemony for his new assignment:
Four, a planet where the police work is tough and never-ending, and where he can try to forget Four boasts great mineral wealth, which attracts all the rogues and ruffians of the universe to the vast, uncharted wilderness known as World's End. Travelers to that region allude to unimaginable horrors, but few actually return to speak of it. World's End has swallowed up countless numbers of prospectors, including BZ's brothers. When BZ's obsession with Moon and his concern for his family interfere with the performance of his duties, he is granted leave and sets out for World's End.
His quest: to rescue his brothers from the wilderness and restore the family's lost honor and lost wealth. But something else is calling him. A sibyl has told him about the ruined city of Sanctuary, on the edge of Fire Lake. A mysterious force is at work there, a force that disrupts the fabric of space and time, a force that may yield up the secrets of Old Empire technology. But before BZ can unlock the puzzle, he must face the evil deep inside himself.« less