Looking for title/author of SF novel about malevolent creatures/gods residing inside stars

One of whom destroys the Earth, perhaps accidentally, while fighting another… the plot also involves a human colony ship or planet that loses contact with the Earth; I think a small boy is also involved with the plot, although it’s been 20-30 years since I read this story. Any help would be appreciated! It’s driving my brother and me a bit batty.

Here’s the batty brother’s take: the main being has created others who are now at war, exploding stars. To escape, the main being accelerates the star of the human colony as a decoy. However, most of the story centers on some guy who winds up living forever, as they keep sticking him in cryogenic sleep and reawakening him. If memory serves me right, they abandon the colony planet for a while and move to asteroids as the star is weakening because it is using it’s energy to accelerate. When it decelerates, it is the only star left in the universe. The one “being” was almost reduced to living off the energy of a black hole when it appears, and he sees it and sets off to go there, with a cryptic ending that the humans very well might fight him off.

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Sounds somewhat similar to Saga of the Seven Suns, but Earth didn’t actually get destroyed, just attacked.
– DVK-in-exile
Sep 23 ’14 at 22:07

  

 

Ring by Stephen Baxter also has enormously powerful creatures (known as Photino Birds) residing inside stars. Also, there is also a generation ship, which loses contact with Earth.
– Kao
Sep 24 ’14 at 7:18

  

 

My brother provided some additional information which might help: “most of the story centers on some guy who winds up living forever, as they keep sticking him in cryogenic sleep and reawakening him. If memory serves me right, they abandon the colony planet for a while and move to asteroids as the star is weakening because it is using it’s energy to accelerate. When it decelerates, it is the only star left in the universe. The one “being” was almost reduced to living off the energy of a black hole when it appears, and he sees it and sets off to go there, with an uncertain ending.”
– Brian Hayes
Sep 24 ’14 at 20:00

  

 

That’s it!! Thank you so much, John Meacham…
– Brian Hayes
Sep 25 ’14 at 3:27

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You are most definitely refering to The World at the End of Time by Frederick Pohl. It alternates chapters following ‘wan-to’ one of the star based creatures and a young colonist.

I always enjoyed this book, as well as the superficially similar book by Larry Niven A World out of Time as they both deal with deep time.

On a re-read it is interesting to read just the odd or just the even chapters and get a complete story, just with more mystery about why things are happening.

World at the End of Time follows the story of a young Earth-born
human, Viktor Sorricaine, on a colony expedition to a distant star
system. The colonists are frozen for the long trip between stars.
Unknown to both the humans of Earth and the colonists, the stars
around them are home to immensely long-lived (effectively immortal)
plasma creatures—with no knowledge of, or interest in, the activities
of insignificant matter creatures.