Young Rue Cassels of the Cycler Compact – a civilisation based around remote brown dwarf stars – is running for her life from her bullying brother, Jentry. Fleeing in a single person spacecraft, she spots a distant, approaching object, and stakes a legal claim to it. It is not the valuable comet she has hoped for, but something even more wonderful, a billion year old alien starship.
Permanence is the story of Rue's quest to visit and claim this ship and its treasures, set against a backdrop of interstellar intrigue and warring empires.
Karl Schroeder is a professional futurist as well as one of Canada's most popular science fiction and fantasy authors. He divides his time between writing fiction and analyzing, conducting workshops and speaking on the potential impacts of science and technology on society. The author of several novels, he has been translated into about a dozen languages. Karl lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.