Jeffrey A. Carver was born on the 25th of August, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America. Jeffrey is an American science fiction writer. Not much is known about the life of Jeffrey.
Life and Career
Jeffrey was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and he graduated from the Brown University. At the present moment, Carver lives on the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts. Carver was nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Novel – in fact, he was a finalist for the award – for his novel Eternity’s End, in 2001.
In the year of 1995, Carver created and hosted an education series for TV – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, as it was named. It was an interactive broadcast that went on live for middle school classrooms all over the US. It is currently available to be viewed online.
Carver’s fiction is an extensive one. With that said, we can now take a look at what makes Carver’s books so alluring and we can answer the question of what the best Jeffrey A. Carver books are. You can find out more about his book, which is not mentioned in this selection, in our From a Changeling Star book review.
Best Jeffrey A. Carver Books
Carver’s Star Rigger series is one of his most loved and most well-known series, to date. It is comprised of six books, though a few non-canonical short stories are also attributed to the series. Though it is a perplexing facet, the series can be read in a number of orders. Our preferred order is the following:
- Panglor, published in 1980.
- Dragons in the Stars, published in 1992.
- Dragon Rigger, published in 1993.
- Star Rigger’s Way, published in 1978.
- Eternity’s End, published in 2000.
- Sea of Ernathe, published in 1976.
Panglor is a prequel to the whole Star Rigger universe. It doesn’t have much to do with the overall story; it does, however, work as a superb prequel – since the art of Star Rigging is already lost by the time that Seas of Ernathe (the first published book) takes place. We have Panglor Balef, a space pilot, on the very brink of sanity. Panglor is forced to go on a mission entirely hopeless. Panglor soon finds himself in the deepest of space’s crevices.
Seas of Ernathe
Seas of Ernathe, however, begins with us learning that Star Rigging is no longer a common art – in fact, the art has wholly been lost. They navigate through Flux-Space via probability probes. Since star rigging is no longer a viable option, these probes are essentially akin to navigating through a frightful river on a kind of auto-pilot mode.
However, there is a chance that the pilots can gain the ability to pilot the Rigger ships again, but only if they can find a certain compound from the planet Ernathe. The indigenous populous doesn’t take kindly to the colonization of the humans, though. As such, Seth Perland attempts to calm both sides before a war ensues.
The books of the Star Rigger series are brilliant gems, in short. It’s no wonder that they’re the first picks of Carver fans when thinking of Jeffrey A. Carver’s best books.
- Neptune Crossing, published in 1994.
- Strange Attractors, published in 1995.
- The Infinite Sea, published in 1996.
- Sunborn, published in 2008.
- The Reefs of Time, published in 2019.
- Crucible of Time, published in 2019.
The ‘Chaos’ in Chaos Chronicles refers to Chaos Theory. What was thought of chaos theory during the 1990s and what’s thought of it in our time is very different, but it doesn’t take out of the enjoyment or satisfaction of this wonderful series.
John Bandicut is our protagonist here. He has come upon the surface of Triton, a moon to our neighbor planet Neptune. What ensues alters the course of Bandicut’s life: he is subject to an alien quarx.
This quarx is the very first contact that humanity has had with extraterrestrial life, but Bandicut isn’t allowed to reveal this to his peers. The quarx is a part of a very, very old galactic civilization that manipulated chaos theory so as to accurately pinpoint and predict cataclysms.
In the present moment, the quarx is concerned with preventing a comet’s lodging into and subsequent annihilation of Earth. It, however, can’t stop the comet by itself, so Bandicut has nothing left but to trust the alien quarx.
Trip Through Space
Bandicut as a character is one of Carver’s most intriguing, strong and brave characters. He chooses to leave his family, friends, and love, all behind while he goes on a trip through space on an illegally procured ship.
The series, as a whole, is wonderfully written, concise, non-befuddling, absorbing. The characters aren’t carbon copies of other sci-fi books, but ones that are believable. The series is a true milestone in science fiction.
Humanity has, by and large, entrusted most of the tasks it bears to the system of Gnosticism – not to a trusty deity, but an advanced Artificial Intelligence. This Artificial Intelligence, however, requires the aid of humans to tackle an undercover war that it has been fighting for the better part of three years.
Not Too Distant Future
Not to get ahead of ourselves, the story is set in the far future – the year of 2165. A whole fleet of starships, with intent to colonize, from Earth near the planet named Argus. Argus is located approximately 138 lightyears away from Earth.
The journey takes quite a bit of time, whole years, in fact. During this time, Earth created a stargate and got itself into a war – as earthlings are wont to – between robots not of Earth and the Artificial Intelligence we mentioned.
Changing a Program
The AI, upon the discovery of the irrelevance of the war, attempts to change its very own program. It, aided by the conspiring crew of humans and extraterrestrial, even risks the complete destruction of an omniscient civilization.
The cosmic story deals with philosophy and beyond-the-stars adventures in the most perfect way imaginable. Even as a standalone, the book deserves to be listed among the best books by Jeffrey A. Carver.
Slow Build Up
Unlike in previous entries where the reader is spoiled from the get-go with the amazing sci-fi elements of Carver, here the story builds slowly up to a climax that will stay with the reader for an extended period of time.
Set in 2034, Mozelle Moi finds out that the work she has put in with the tachyon transmission project will, sooner rather than later, be eliminated completely. Mozelle was never even told what the reasoning or endgame of the project was.
What Mozelle holds steadfast is that she is utterly smitten for David Kadin, whom she met via tachyon cyberlink. Fearing for her love, Mozelle conspires with an acquaintance-programmer and goes through the transmitter.
Mozelle has bit off more than she can chew when she finds herself in a telepathic link with an ancient alien civilization. As easily as that, the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of Mozelle. The aliens present in the story are ones beautifully conveyed, even bearing an odd sense of realism about them. They aren’t akin to humans in their growth of characters, though that doesn’t mean they’re stagnant.
We see the interactions between the humans and the aliens, we learn that the antipathic characters from the start actually gain a more nuanced personality as we turn the pages. Carver has written many a sci-fi book, so that his stories are always in abundance. Ones that you might like, too, are the following: the Starstream series, Clypsis, and his Battlestar Galactica miniseries.