Neptune Crossing
Jeffrey A. Carver

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 10 hours and 50 minutes

What to expect

The first installment in the thrilling, action-packed Chaos Chronicles

When John Bandicut sets out across the surface of Triton, he’s hardly ready for the storm of chaos that’s about to blow through his life. The alien Quarx that soon inhabits his mind is humanity’s first contact with an alien life. The Quarx, part of an ancient galactic civilization that manipulates chaos theory to predict catastrophic events, seeks to prevent a cometary collision that could destroy the Earth. But it must have help. If Bandicut chooses to trust the Quarx, he must break all the rules—indeed, sacrifice his life as he knows it—to prevent humanity’s greatest cataclysm.

Leaving friends and lover behind, hurtling across the solar system in a stolen spaceship, Bandicut can only pray that his actions will save the Earth—even if he doesn’t live to see it again.


Science fiction: space opera, Science fiction

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“Jeff Carver is a hard sf writer who gets it right—his science and his people are equally convincing. Neptune Crossing combines his strengths, from a chilling look at alien machine intelligence, to cutting-edge chaos theory, to the pangs of finite humans in the face of the infinite. If you like intriguing ideas delivered in an exciting plot, this is your meat.”

Gregory Benford, astrophysicist and Nebula Award–winning author

“A roaring, cross-the-solar-system adventure of the first water. The kind of stuff that made us all love science fiction.”

Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award–winning author of Coming Home

“[A] promising series kickoff about an astronaut exploring the surface of Neptune’s moon, Triton, Carver masterfully captures the joy of exploration…[a] love story combines amusingly with an unlikely case of xenophobia, and a fiery conclusion sets Bandicut up for further adventures…[a] fine rendering of difficult scientific concepts.”

Publishers Weekly

“The author of Dragons in the Stars and The Infinity Link excels at exuberant storytelling as he explores the very real day-to-day problems of playing host to an internal guest. Hard-science aficionados will delight in the story’s focus on chaos theory; general sf fans will appreciate the adventure and mood.”

Library Journal

“[A] captivating opener to a…series incorporating the emerging science of chaos theory…Carver has created yet another electrifying scenario as well as a winning combination in Bandicut and the sometimes vulnerable yet super intelligent quarx. First-rate entertainment.”


“A complex and believable protagonist—an ordinary man rising to extraordinary circumstances—and an alien presence that is at once convincingly strange and deeply real. I’m really glad to have read this one.”