Evolution follows the ebb and flow of one stream in the great river of dna, states the blurb. Stephen baxter books list of books by author stephen baxter. It turns the story of darwinian evolution into a constant drama, a daily life and death struggle. Last contact is a 2007 science fiction short story by stephen baxter. To say that baxter s reach exceeds his grasp is to state the obvious. With terry pratchett he has coauthored the long earth novels. The answer may have to do with the fine way that baxter evokes the spirit of h. The planets ecology and climate are threatened, the huge volcano on nearby rabaul.
Interview mit stephen baxter german 1998 by lutz grafe. At over 640 pages, evolution by award winning author stephen baxter, a trained engineer with degrees from cambridge and southampton universitiesmay not be exactly the sort of light reading one may think to bring to the beach this summer. Stephen baxter is a prolific british hard fiction author. All of which takes us only 14% of the way into the novel. Stephen baxter is the preeminent sf writer of his generation. Evolution is a cautionary tale, warning of the dire consequences to contemporary humans if we persist in behavior that threatens the survival of our ecosystem. Evolution by stephen baxter center for future consciousness. Im currently reading the blade itself by joe abercrombie which has a darker story and characters. Has anyone tried the evolution workout by joe manganiello. Bulky assemblageits a stretch to call this a novelof animated dioramas endeavoring to illustrate the story of primate evolution. Stephen baxter emerged at an inauspicious time in the evolution of the genre. After teaching for a number of years and working in the information technology management industry, he began writing fulltime in 1995.
What is astonishing is how successfully he brings to life a wide range of facts and conjectures, and how entertaining as well as informative this book an episodic novel with evolution as its protagonist manages to be. Mar 26, 2014 others were an interesting use of the gi joe toy astronaut in a shoestring budget setting. Below is a list of stephen baxter s books in order of when they were originally released. Thriftbooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. The planets ecology and climate are threatened, the huge volcano on nearby. Evolution by stephen baxter meet your next favorite book. Dec 21, 2002 evolution by stephen baxter 585pp, gollancz.
Joon uses dreamtime tales to navigate his journey to the coast, uses fire to flush out. So its no wonder i picked up stephen baxters flood and started it as soon as i read. The book of the unnamed midwife meg elison philip k. Evolution leaves the reader with a haunting portrayal of. It follows 565 million years of human evolution, from shrewlike mammals 65 million years in the past to the ultimate fate of humanity and its descendants, both biological and nonbiological 500 million years in the future. Ultimately joe takes over, with the last of angleseys consciousness taken into his own. Hailed as one of the most inventive writers that science fiction has ever produced sf site, stephen baxter builds on the massive success of proxima with a careerdefining novel of big ideas on the planet of per ardua, alien artifacts were discoveredhatches that allowed humans to step across lightyears of space as if they were stepping into another room. The years best science fiction twentythird annual collection. Baxter is at his best when he describes prehistorical winners and losers and speculates on the future devolution of the primate on earth. The book depicts a manned mission to mars as it might have been in another timeline, one where john f. Heralded by arthur clark as a major new talent, baxter stands time and space on their collective heads, envisions the future reflected in the past, and t. Before he became an author he studied mathematics at cambridge university, obtained a doctorate in engineering at southampton university and an mba from henley management college.
Below is a list of stephen baxters books in order of when they were originally released. Evolution ebook by stephen baxter 9783641121501 rakuten kobo. Sf, baxter reflects, is like an expression of the concerns of the time, hopes or fears wellss, he points out, was the first generation to be taught evolution, by a generation that had. His fiction writing career began in 1991 when he began the xeelee sequence with raft. Click and collect from your local waterstones or get free uk delivery on orders over. Others were an interesting use of the gi joe toy astronaut in a shoestring budget setting. In the final book of the long earth series, joshua and lobsang take their strangest step of all. Enders game then speaker for the dead, dune, and leviathan wakes. Ultima ebook by stephen baxter 9780698142961 rakuten kobo. Buy evolution by stephen baxter from waterstones today. Browse author series lists, sequels, pseudonyms, synopses, book covers, ratings and awards. Evolution leaves the reader with a haunting portrayal of the distant future. This book reads more like short story vignettes than a novel, but fans of stephen baxter and anyone who relishes a deep look at evolution and devolution will want to read this epic. Within two years london, only 15 metres above the sea, is drowned.
The first two days of the work out has tore my triceps up. Back to the wells 1996 by uncredited a matter of scale. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Read evolution roman by stephen baxter available from rakuten kobo. Voyage won a sidewise award for alternate history, and was nominated for the arthur c. You can learn more about stephen baxter at the zone. Stephen baxters manifold novels have struck the world of science fiction like a meteor. The book depicts a crewed mission to mars as it might have been in another timeline, one where john f. Its a salutory reminder that we humans have been on the planet for only a tiny proportion of its life, and that evolution marches on regardless. Stephen baxter 1 stephen baxter 1 primary author only stephen baxter disambiguation author division stephen baxter is composed of at least 3 distinct authors, divided by their works. The book cover archive, for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design. Evolution begins its story in the cretaceous period over 65 million years ago the age of the dinosaurs, and just before the kt extinction event where it is believed that an asteroid of 6 miles diameter or greater hit the earth causing a catastrophic event that led to the mass. Elements of this appear in his future histories especially later works like the destinys children series and floodark, but here it is the focus.
Kennedy survived the assassination attempt on him on november 22, 1963. Stephen baxter science fiction books for sale in stock. The wheel of ice try raft if you like stories of adventure on. So i just finished this book, and was completely blown away by it. The time ships is a good sciencefiction adventure, but only good, not great. Kennedy survived the assassination attempt on him in 1963. From there it built into perhaps the most ambitious fictitious universe ever created. Ive heard george was into joseph campbell and the hero with a thousand faces in particular. Ive made a final list of the top 3 books im going to read next which are. I was into describing for you the grand saga of our history laid out in stephen baxters evolution. Apr 27, 2008 if you like last contact you may like some of the other stories in the same book. Evolution by stephen baxter books hachette australia. Clarke hal clement greg egan michael flynn joe haldeman. The xeelee sequence is a very conceptual focused work which means that mr.
At over 640 pages, evolutionby award winning author stephen baxter, a trained engineer with degrees from cambridge and southampton universitiesmay not be exactly the sort of light reading one may think to bring to the beach this summer. Go to the disambiguation page to edit author name combination and separation. Last contact follows two women, maureen and caitlin, as they live through the last few months of earths existence. The hard sf renaissance will be an anthology that sf readers return to for years to come. Stephen baxter science fiction books for sale in stock ebay. An aching nostalgia for the future 1998 by allan blake. In an early science fiction novel, the world set free 1914, hg wells describes a promethean moment for. Maureen is intent on fixing up the yard at the new house shes just bought in oxford. The token frame here concerns the journey of two friends, paleontologist joan useb and primatologist alyce sigurdardottir, to attend a conference in darwin, australia, in 2031.
Five years after the supervolcano, the long earth is in chaos but another world beckons. Jul 25, 2015 sf, baxter reflects, is like an expression of the concerns of the time, hopes or fears wellss, he points out, was the first generation to be taught evolution, by a generation that had. The hbomb girl by stephen baxter and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. I have now finished baxters book, which eventually moves into the present, chronicling the downfall of modern civilization, and then sails forth into the far distant future circa 500 million ad. He has won many awards including the philip k dick award, the british science fiction award, the john w campbell memorial award, the kurd lasswitz award in germany, the seiun award in japan. Evolution is a collection of short stories that work together to form an episodic science fiction novel by author stephen baxter. One outcome of this inspiration was to be my novel evolution 2002. Stretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial. Get cozy and expand your home library with a large online selection of books at. But the sequence of novels began with raft in 1991. The long mars is the third novel in the exciting collaboration between the creator of discworld terry pratchett and the acclaimed sf writer stephen baxter. Evolution is a novel by stephen baxter spanning 645 million years of earths history. This kind of thing has been done much better before, including by baxter himself in the time ships, his superb homage to h. Great deals on stephen baxter science fiction books.
Stephen baxter became a published author in 1985 with the nonfiction book deep future. From terry pratchetts coauthor on the long earth books comes the ultimate disaster novel the world is drowning and there is nowhere left on earth to go. We personally assess every book s quality and offer rare, outofprint treasures. Poul anderson stephen baxter gregory benford ben bova david brin ted chiang arthur c.
Stephen baxter s epic sequence of xeelee novels was introduced to a new generation of readers with his highly successful quartet, destinys children, published by gollancz between 2003 and 2006. Stephen baxter born november 1957 is an english hard science fiction author. Voyage is a 1996 hard science fiction novel by british author stephen baxter. Baxter tries something similar on a massive canvas no less than the evolution of the human race from prehistoric past to distant future. Born in 1957 he has degrees from cambridge and southampton. Stephen baxter is a trained engineer with a degree in mathematics from cambridge and a doctorate in aeroengineering research from southampton university. Stephen baxter at the sciencefictiontage nrw in dortmund, germany, march 1997 a second category in baxter s work is based on readings in evolutionary biology and humananimal behaviour. Time by stephen baxter 2000 del rey science fiction paperback. In an early science fiction novel, the world set free 1914, hg wells describes a promethean moment for prehistoric man, when he blinked at. Baxter is at his best when he describes prehistorical winners and losers and speculates on the. This site is updated regularly with news and new material, so please look again. To say that baxters reach exceeds his grasp is to state the obvious.
For example, stephen baxters novel evolution foresees an environmentalmilitary meltdown so severe that, over the course of 30 million years, humans devolve into separate species of. Baxter is the winner of the british science fiction award and the locus award, as well as being a nominee for an arthur c. Created by the multiple award winning author stephen baxter. The martian andy weir goodreads best science fiction award winner. The book cover archive is edited and maintained by ben pieratt and eric jacobsen. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the uk, us, germany, and japan. Its a pretty aggressive 6 week, 6 days a week program. Here youll find information about my books, about me, and about upcoming projects. Oct 01, 2003 the hard sf renaissance will be an anthology that sf readers return to for years to come. A readingorder using baxters timeline realy doesnt make that much sense, because temporal manipulation using dozens of various tools of time. He was born on november, 1957 in liverpool, england and lives in northumberland. Stephen baxters epic sequence of xeelee novels was introduced to a new generation of readers with his highly successful quartet, destinys children, published by gollancz between 2003 and 2006. This one isnt a gi joe, its a model of americas first pacewalker, ed white. Explore books by stephen baxter with our selection at.
In evolution, stephen baxter tells the story of humankind itelf, ranging from humanitys nraw beginnings in purga the purgatorius, dancing around the feet of dinosaurs and just barely surviving the cometstrike on the yucatan peninsula 65 million years ago. Baxter developes new and strange concepts that perfectly fit together when reading the books in the way i suggested above. Ejan, jana, joon, jahna, juna and presumably also joan useb over a period of tens of thousands of years. Stephen baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from cambridge mathematics and southampton universities doctorate in aeroengineering research. Stephen baxter has written a novel about human evolution from the very beginning and proceeding to the very end, and by that, i mean the end of the earth. It is about a field of dark energy that is devouring the entire universe. The change is far more rapid than any climate change predictions. A major anthology of the hard sf subgenrearguing that its not only the genres core, but also its future. It is the sort of idea stephen baxter seems to come up with every other week. I had put off reading this book for years because, while ive enjoyed many of stephen baxters novels, the idea of wading through 750 pages of the story of human evolution narrated by anthropomorphised primates really didnt appeal.1231 508 1620 622 1523 348 375 1469 118 1498 446 661 1167 467 257 1121 554 1240 1450 376 1421 212 189 26 661 1484 1571 434 1042 1452 1504 1198 261 1215 624 84 1336 926 429 405 11 639