The baffling Time Tombs are opening and the Shrike that has ascended from them may well control the destiny of all humanity. The Ousters are laying seige to the Hegemony of Man and the AIs we made have betrayed us to fabricate the Ultimate Intelligence: God. The God of Machines. His beginning could mean demolition for man.
Something is drawing the dominion, the Ousters, the AIs, the whole universe to the Shrike.
Champ of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1991