I am seeking the specific title of a science fiction novel.
The book was a paperback when I started reading it. Its pages were
yellowed due to age when I picked it up. I do not recall if there were
illustrations in this book (75% sure there were none). I remember the
book was medium in thickness (possibly 450-550 pages long). The book
had a picture on the cover of an object (possibly a ship or a battle)
in space: stars were in the background. I know the author was not
readily recognizable (i.e. Steven King, Dean Koontz, Terri Brooks,
etc.) The book was written in modern English- I am assuming the
publish date should be between 1970 and 1995. To the best of my
knowledge this book was not part of any series.
The book was donated to the US Navy. I was stationed at the time on
the USS Halyburton FFG-40 in Portsmouth VA. The time frame was in late
1996 or early 1997.
The following is all that I can remember about this book:
A main female character (listed frequently in the text) who
transferred her consciousness into the ship so she could survive long
into the future in order to finish some sort of project or plan. I
have a sense that this computerized consciousness is leading the group
of people/passengers/survivors somewhere. This female is a real life
breathing individual when the book starts but in later chapters
transfers/links/binds her mind/consciousness/being into/onto the ship.
The space battles involved some kind of beaming weapons. Think of mass
driver type weapons. I think of some type of needles or spikes
shooting out towards a target when visualizing these weapons.
There was some type of conflict involving major parties (possibly
different species). There was a sense of the entire universe in ruins,
being destroyed by some kind of weapon or device by one of these major
The only way for this group of people to survive was to go into a new
universe through some kind of opening (most probably the opening was
created using some sort of device).
I thank you for your attempt(s) to help me look for this title. I have
already looked at several resources including www.booksense.com,
www.bookfinder.com, and www.amazon.com with no success.