David Zindell
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Reader's Thoughts:

Neverness - Also the follow-up trilogy (which is rather more longwinded), The Broken God, The Wild, War in Heaven - Zindell's style and setting are very like Orion's Arm. A far future setting where mankind has diverged into many incompatible directions: everything from normal humans, to civilisation critics who turned themselves into neo-neanderthals, to dolphin-humans building planetary minds, to nanotechnological gods in space. Deals with the mythic quests of a hero (Neverness) and his son (the others). A lot of philosophy, mysticism and worldbuilding. Zindell's style unfortunately suffers from turgidity, but great for ideas.

Anders Sandberg