a hundred thousand years from now, it was discovered that a star was approaching the world on a collision course. its discoverer, creohan, figured there might be time to save the world if he could arouse everyone to the danger. but the earth had become a strange and kaleidoscopic place in that distant era. too many empires had risen and fallen, too many cultures had spread their shattered fragments across a planet whose very maps had long since been forgotten. people were too busy with their own private dreams to pay attention to one more new alarm.