Trying to find this book. In it, over eons of time, a sun actually begins to think. He becomes self-aware, and then, one day MOVES itself, and its system.

I read this approximately 10-15 years ago, in paperback format, I believe.

Any help is appreciated!

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    There are quite a few stories about sentient stars, so any more information about the story will be helpful.
    – user14111
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 7:26
  • Do you remember anything about the cover? Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 8:10
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    I also want to know the answer. A related book is: If the stars are gods. Gregory Benford and Gordon Ecklund goodreads.com/book/show/455947.If_the_Stars_Are_Gods
    – Darin
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 20:14
  • And then there's Olaf Stapledon's classic Star Maker (1937), in which stars are moved by sentient beings living on planets, and become so upset that they go nova, incinerating the planets. Eventually the planetary beings realize that the stars are sentient. Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 18:48

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The book that comes to mind is the 1990 novel The World at the End of Time written by Frederik Pohl.

The story follows colonists from Earth who have settled a planet orbiting a star inhabited by a powerful sentient being (Wan-To) which is engaged in a war with neighboring sentient stars. Wan-To itself is one of the characters in the novel as I recall. Wan-To accelerates the star away and carries its planetary system (and the colonists) with it. By the time their sun slows down the colonists find themselves hundreds of billions of years in the future due to relativistic effects.

  • THANK YOU RobertF. That's it! I really appreciate you remembering. lol, It's been bothering me for a long time.
    – Lu Johnson
    Commented Feb 8, 2018 at 7:43

I've read the book you're talking about and now I'm curious too.

This one is more likely the answer, though I don't recall reading this author before.

"FROM A CHANGELING STAR" by Jeffrey A Carver

Across the galaxy, tensions are rising between the authoritarian Tandesko Triune and the free-marketeers of the Auricle Alliance. Nevertheless, scientists of both sides have come together in Project Starmuse, to observe the giant star Betelgeuse as it goes supernova. At the space station imbedded inside the roiling star, the team anxiously awaits the return of the one man essential to the success of the project. On Kantano's World, astronomer Willard Ruskin must discover why someone has infected him with nano-agents - artificially intelligent, microscopic computers, which alter his appearance, his memory, his very DNA. Drawn into a conflict from which not even death will free him, Ruskin must find a way to reach Betelgeuse before his enemies sabotage Starmuse...and humankind's future among the stars. A harrowing journey from inside the human cell - to the mind of a dying star.



This is probably not the answer...

In "Sun Diver" by David Brin, humans discover sentient life living as plasma at the surface of the Sun. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundiver

I vaguely recall another novel more along the lines of what you described but I can't add any details to your description.


Very similar to part of the story in the novel 'The Silkie' by A.E VanVogt


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