Edges (Inverted Frontier #1)
by Linda Nagata
Deception Well is a world on the edge, a lone surviving outpost at the farthest reach of human expansion. All across the frontier, other worlds have succumbed to the relentless attacks of robotic alien warships, while hundreds of light years away, the core of human civilization has fallen to ruins. Powerful telescopes can see only dust and debris where once there were orbital mega-structures so huge they eclipsed the light of their parent stars. But now a determined crew has resolved to cross the light years. Their goal: To explore the fallen worlds of old and discover what monstrous life might have grown up among the ruins. EDGES is a far-future space-faring adventure from the award-winning author of VAST.