Bear, Elizabeth -- Grail

Foundered generation ship crawls at last to its destination star, and finds that the damn home planet has invented FTL in the meantime -- isn't that always the way? Also someone has murdered the Captain's mother, and the fact that all the bad guys were executed in the last book isn't much of a comfort on a starship where death is just a matter of bad record-keeping. I love the scenery in this trilogy (I figure it's what Art Nouveau would look like if someone obsessively mistook it for an engineering diagram) but the plots always seem to come from somewhere in the left field of Bear's left brain, and this is no exception. A suspicious first-contact situation is mixed in with murder and mutiny, and then -- look! It's the Winged Victory of Transhumanism!

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