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Time Stephen Baxter

Time

Stephen Baxter

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ISBN : 9780006511823
Mass Market Paperback
464 pages
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Leave it to the consistently clever Stephen Baxter to pull the old bait and switch. A story that begins as a hoary asteroid-mining tale, set in 2010 against the by-now familiar spiel of fulfilling humanitys pan-galactic Manifest Destiny, insteadMoreLeave it to the consistently clever Stephen Baxter to pull the old bait and switch. A story that begins as a hoary asteroid-mining tale, set in 2010 against the by-now familiar spiel of fulfilling humanitys pan-galactic Manifest Destiny, instead takes a bold, delightful ascent into a trajectory far more ambitious. To ensure its survival, humankind need not merely master the galaxy but also the flow of time itself. Manifold: Times would-be asteroid-miner-in-chief is bootstrap space entrepreneur Reid Malenfant, a media-savvy firebrand whos showed those crotchety NASA folks whats what with his ready-to-fly Big Dumb Booster, piloted by a genetically enhanced super-squid. But Malenfants near-term plans to exploit the asteroids get diverted when he crosses paths with creepy mathematician and eschatologist Cornelius Taine. Applying Bayess theorem and a series of other statistical do-si-dos, Taine convinces Malenfant that an inescapable extinction event--the Carter catastrophe--is nigh, and that even working to colonize the galaxy might not be enough to save humanity. The answer: build a Feynman radio to listen to the future and, by detecting coded quantum waves traveling back through time, divine the fate of human downstreamers and find the key to their survival. Space flight, time travel, and even squid negotiations ensue, while Earth is gripped in Last Days madness.Once again, the award-spangled Baxter gives us sci-fi at its beard-stroking best, with an imaginative, audacious plot line thats firmly grounded in good science, reminiscent of Baxters own excellent Vacuum Diagrams. --Paul Hughes