Rogue Star (Starchild #3)
While dated in its description of stellar mecanics, Pohl does pose an interesting premise: Stars have all the necessary ingredients to be MASSIVE thinking machines! From there, it's a short step to consider sentient stars. In the text, fusion research on earth creates a baby star that quickly reaches consciousness, sentience, and self actualization. Old Sol doesn't seem to...more
Published December 31st 1972 by Dennis Dobson (London)
(first published 1969)
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The Starchild trilogy definitely got worse over time. This one takes place eons after the events of the first two in the series and bears very little similarity to anything within them. Some stars are sentient and share a communal mind with (almost) all other intelligent beings in the galaxy in something like a religious experience. A rogue star is one that has gained intelligence outside of this community. Take a newly birthed entity with cosmic abilities and forces to play with and give it the...more
This book is set some distance in the future from Starchild, after the Plan of Man has collapsed. Humanity has entered the galactic community (although they're still regarded as barely civilised) and many humans have joined with a group of sentient stars as parts of a group mind. Andreas Quamodian is a Monitor of the Companions of the Star - not part of the group mind, but working for it and doing what it cannot do. A call from Molly Zaldivar, the woman he loves but who has left him, brings him...more
Frederik George Pohl, Jr. is an American science fiction writer, editor & fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited "Galaxy" magazine and its sister magazine "IF", winning the Hugo for "IF" three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.More about Frederik Pohl...