Welcome to Charles Sheffield
- Welcome to the Charles Sheffield Group.
We hope to explore the many worlds created by Sheffield, reexamine his
writings, theories, contributions, and debate the man and his lasting
influence. All are welcome to contribute to this debate.
And Labyrinth was simplifying. One spiral arm now, not thirty-seven.
One great coiled tube, filled with novelties.
The bulging vortices had vanished, leaving in their place a horde of
new arrivals. The Spiral Arm, revealing its diversity...
...ships, from the newest design of the Fourth Alliance to the
ponderous and ancient bulk of the legendary Tantalus orbital fort. The
corrugated surface of the fort crawled with a thousand identical
vessels like twelve-legged metallic spiders. Nothing in today's Spiral
Arm remotely resembled them. Beyond the fort was a transport vessel
for Hymenopt slaves, with next to it the disk and slim spike of an
orbital McAndrew balanced drive. Most of the ships in the whole
mismatched flotilla were drifting in one direction, toward an exterior
wall of Labyrinth.
...writhing free-space Medusae, Torvil Anfracts in miniature, rainbow
lobes shimmering like sunlit oil on water.
...alien creatures, familiar and strange, suited or naked to space,
dead or alive, fresh or mummified.
-- Convergence (pp 271-272). Book Four of The Heritage Universe.