The Ships of Earth
igh above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so
many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet-to protect
this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them, most of all,
But now the great artificial intelligence is failing. The Oversoul has lost access to
some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. On the
planet, the Oversoul is losing control of the population. The only repair
lies light-years distant on a lost and ruined Earth; the only way to get there is to
teach forbidden technology to a few select people.
But war broke out on Harmony, and in the end the Oversoul's chosen servants-a
man named Wetchik and his son Nafai-are able to escape with only their lives.
The City of Basilica is now in the hands of General Moozh, and Wetchik
and all his family have been cast out. They cannot return on pain of death.
This third volume of the Homecoming Saga brings the Oversoul's chosen
people out of the city and across the desert wastes, to where Harmony's spaceport
lies silent, abandoned, waiting for the command to make the great interstellar
ships ready for flight again. But of these sixteen people, only a handful have
chosen their exile; the others, Rasa's spiteful daughters and their husbands,
Wetchik's oldest son, Elemak, have been forced along against their will. Their
anger and hatreds will make the difficult journey harder.
Orson Scott Card is the nationaly bestselling, Hugo and Nebula award winning
author of Ender's Game, Speaker For the Dead, Xenocide, The Memory of Earth
and The Call of Earth.
"As a maker of visions and a creator of heroes whose prime directive is
compassion, Card is not to be outdone."
-- Library Journal
Copyright © 1994 Orson Scott Card
A Tor Hardcover - Published by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc.
Jacket art by Keith Parkinson - Jacket design by Carol Russo