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July 13th, 2006, 01:50 AM
I recently remembered about an old sci-fi series that I liked and, for the life of me, I can't remember the author or any of the names of the books in the series.

Can anyone help me out?

The first book in the series starts out with a planet which was at the end of the warp jump branch. A nearby sun went nova, causing their warp point to become unusable. As a result, they have been isolated at the end of the branch. At the start of the book, this is some 100 odd years after that event.

The main character is called to their government where he is told a ship has emerged from this jump point. He goes off to investigate only to find a warship which has been basically trashed and then somehow made it through the nova, everyone dead of course and the nav comp completely knackered.

Using the slightly advanced technology this ship revealed (shields and the like) they set off down the warp chain via the nova to re-establish links to the rest of civilisation.

Now my memory fails me here but I think they run up against some nasty creatures which are at war with humanity. The rest of the series is about them fighting this lot and linking up with various other pockets and eventually linking up with everyone else.

I think the series is about 4 books in total, possibly more.

Any ideas?

July 13th, 2006, 09:06 PM
Some more info for you...

OK. I bought the books about 10 years ago. This was in the UK although I don't think the author was a UK author. The books were bought in the UK in a mass market bookshop not a sci-fi specialist although they did have a sci-fi section.

I picked up the first book, liked it and then bought the rest of the series so I didn't have to hang around for them.

They were all paperback.

One other thing that I have just remembered is that the alien baddies of the plot looked like a devil - i.e. cloven hoof and the horns.

That triggerred the thought that one of the books was called something like "Demon's Eye" or something like that. There is a book by that name but it wasn't the one. Had a trawl on Google for variations but couldn't see anything that fitted.

The warp point branch stuff is very similar to David Weber's Honor Harrington's universe. It wasn't David Weber however.

July 14th, 2006, 12:37 PM
OK, this might be completely wrong but could the first book be "The Demons At Rainbow Bridge" by Jack L. Chalker? That would make it the trilogy "The Quintara Marathon" and the other books would be: "The Run to Chaos Keep" and "90 Trillion Fausts."

Hope this helps, maybe it'll shake some other ideas loose. ;)

July 16th, 2006, 08:46 PM
OK. Found it. Spent about 6 hours tracking it down.

The author was Michael McCollum. The series was the Antares series. The books are as follows:

Antares Dawn - 1986 Del Ray ISBN 0345323130
Antares Passage - 1987 Del Ray ISBN 0345323149
Antares Victory - 2002 - I didn't know about this one - think it is self-published by his own firm or something.

July 17th, 2006, 05:13 AM
Well done, Mike. You know, these things can really bug you... until you know!


July 19th, 2006, 03:00 AM
Michael McCollum has a website here: http://www.scifi-az.com/

You can buy his work from the site in ebook or TPB format, and I'm sure he'd like to hear you enjoyed & remembered his books. (Trust me, all authors do!)

As a side note, he was kind enough to give me a cover blurb for my first novel.


July 19th, 2006, 07:24 PM
Yeah - I bought a copy of Antares Victory from his website. I was very surprised to receive an email from him. Not everyday you get to speak to the author.