Galactic Center

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 41 ratings

In the Ocean of Night Summary

It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal.

In 2034, a reply is heard. Searching for the source of this signal, which comes from outside the solar system, Nigel discovers the existence of a sentient ship. When the new vessel begins to communicate directly with him, the astronaut learns of the horrors that await humanity. For the ship was created by an alien race that has spent billions and billions of years searching for intelligent life… to annihilate it.

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  • Book 1

    • In the Ocean of Night

    • Galactic Center, Book 1
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal….

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Benford opens his series with a cracker

    • By Martyn. R. Winters on 31-01-18

    Regular price: £24.19

  • Book 2

    • Across the Sea of Suns

    • Galactic Center, Book 2
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    It is 2076: Lancer, Earth’s first starship, is on a mission to find interstellar civilizations. Although astronaut Nigel Walmsley’s experiences with alien encounters make him the expert, no one believes Nigel’s theory that machines are the dominant intelligent beings left in the galaxy and that their purpose is to annihilate all organic life. Then the explorers discover once-living planets where only machines remain – and ruined worlds where fugitive survivors must evade omnipresent and lethally advanced A.I. warships.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Some interesting ideas, but overly long

    • By Martyn. R. Winters on 15-02-18

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 3

    • Great Sky River

    • Galactic Center, Book 3
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, John Rubinstein, Tom Schiff, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Nearly 100,000 years after first contact with the machines that dominate the universe, only a few hundred humans survive. Trapped on Snowglade, a barren world near the center of the galaxy, Killeen and his child, Toby, of the Bishop Tribe, are primitive scavengers, homeless and hunted by the ruling “mechs”. Then suddenly, a strange cosmic entity – neither organic nor cybernetic or living matter – reaches out from a black hole to speak with Killeen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Slow start but getting really good in time.

    • By Katarzyna on 06-04-17

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 4

    • Tides of Light

    • Galactic Center, Book 4
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Onboard an ancient starship, Killeen and the Bishop tribe escape the mech-ruled world of Snowglade. Seeking refuge on a faraway planet, they discover vast wonders: an organic life-form as large as a world, a planet-coring cosmic string, a community of humans ruled by a brutal tyrant, and ultimately an alien race more awesome than any they have encountered. As they battle for survival against these myriad dangers, Killeen and his crew will gain an unforeseen ally - one that may determine humanity’s true destiny.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I'm very glad I persevered

    • By Martyn. R. Winters on 22-04-18

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 5

    • Furious Gulf

    • Galactic Center, Book 5
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Sephen Hoye, Harlan Ellison, Janis Ian, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Few writers have successful blended hard science and speculation with fully realized characters as Gregory Benford has in his critically acclaimed novels. Now he draws us into a vortex of mystery and danger at the heart of the galaxy in his dazzling epic drama, Furious Gulf.

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 6

    • Sailing Bright Eternity

    • Galactic Center, Book 6
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield, Arthur Morey, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Millennia of conflict between humans and mechs have driven the human race to near-extinction. Now, as the fierce AI mechs begin their final assault on mankind, it soon becomes apparent that three men – three generations in a family of voyagers – are their targets. Toby Bishop, his father, Killeen Bishop, and his grandfather, Nigel Walmsley, each carry a piece of the lethal secret that can destroy their enemies. But hunted through space and time by relentless assassins, they have no idea that they possess the only weapon that can save humanity.

    Regular price: £23.49

    • A Hunger for the Infinite

    • A Galactic Center Story
    • By: Gregory Benford
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A Hunger for the Infinite, which first appeared in Robert Silverberg's Far Horizons anthology, is a novella that takes place in the universe of "The Galactic Center Saga", detailing a galactic war between mechanical and biological life. Here, the pilots had made it to True Center in order to destroy something, anything, important to the Mechs, but Paris had something else on his mind. A story of the Mantis, and the decline of humans beginning in 3600 AD.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An unexpected pleasure

    • By Richard on 19-06-12

    Regular price: £6.79