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Preview — Flood by Stephen Baxter
Flood (Flood #1)
When it was written, the world’s major anxiety was nuclear weapons: The possibility that the United States and the Soviet Union (with a much smaller role played by China) would annihilate humanity with a massive exchange of explosions and radiation was a pervasive nightmare. Lucifer's Hammer was a clear response to this anxiety. It allowed...more
This is the first book in a long time that I have had to force myself to get through. The first 50 pages or so have some flashes of interest, but mostly read like stale and overly long description of geography and topogra...more
Without giving away too much, it's hard to enumerate where he went wrong. His interpersonal relationships lack credibility. His knowledge of things American is superficial and often wrong. He ignores the thousands of ships and boats--large and small (including a dozen American aircraft carriers, though he creates two British carriers from whole cloth) in his rush to depopulate t...more
As with many of his books the typical cast of scientists are generally unreflective and fail to present a plausible inner life in response to what is going on around them.
Undoubtedly, as with Clarke, this is because Baxter is more interested in pursuing his idea to it's conclusion, rather th...more
A small group of hostages are rescued after years of captivity and find themselves in an unrecognizable world where the oceans are slowly taking over.
Interesting enough premise. Not as preachy as one might imagine. The message of man destroying Mother Earth is there but I don't think it's enough to bother anyone. My problem was the writing itself. The charac...more
Baxter is indeed very Clarke-ian and for that I love him. Concept, Sci-fi and story are all well conceptualized, researched and realized. The characters some complain were a bit flat, but the character were well ren...more
And so it was that this novel languished on my to-be-read shelf for what a couple of years. Finally, a few weeks, it rose to the top of my to-be-read pile and I decided enough time had passed that I decided to pick it up and give it a try.
As with all Stephen...more
(No additional spoilers). Baxter has written an exceptionally well thought out hard-science-fiction novel. After thousands of apocalyptic novels now published, it's amazing that a new 'means to end' was created.
This is a thinking person's 2012, with some decent characterization and plot lines. Baxter's tempo of the n...more
Minus 9 stars for having an incredibly one-dimensional main character, it's almost like she was only there to witness what was going on with other people. Incredibly passive character, stuff just happens to her and around her but she has little real voice or opinion.
Minus 34 stars for being plain stupid and boring.
But note: I didn't subtract any stars for the pretend science that wasn't even really based in anything but cow-pies. I...more
Baxter's fascination with evolution and adaptation comes to the fore here. The book covers aroiund 35 years and three generations of people and the changes he imagines are all too realistic. His depiction of...more
I am also bothered some by the unbelievability of the size of the flood, at least by the mechanisms explained in the book....more
The story begins in 2016. After being held hostage for five years four people - Lily, Helen, Gary, and Pierce are freed by a private security force of AxysCorp. - a multinational company owned by Nathan Lammockson. The freed prisoners return to their...more
The events that are described in his book left me wanting to read more. As expected, the sea level rises, but you find yourself having a connection to the characters.
I loved this so much that b...more
Most of the comments about Flood could have made about nearly any hard science fiction novel: cool science, mediocre characters. But anyone who has read a novel by Baxter (or Arthur C. Clarke, to whom he is often compared) will already be expecting these characteristics from the genre. Reviewers indicated that Flood was an engaging novel despite these expected limitations and that at times, it even overcame them. But when critics were left in awe, it was never from a character's actions but from...more
What bothered me far more than characters I didn't really get to know or care about, was the logistical failures of Baxter's imagination concern...more
Flood is a bad book. I don't mean subjectively bad like I prefer apples over orang...more
The beginning was really interesting! Super exciting and before I knew it I blew through 100 pages. But shortly after that, things started to slow down and get kind of boring. This is where a lot of the sciencey stuff comes out like theories on why the flood is happening. I am a huge science nerd and I loved this, but it just didn...more
“Flood,” by Stephen Baxter (Roc, 2009). Solid. Baxter is an engineer with a doctorate in aero-engineering research, and this book is apparently soundly grounded in science and possibility, but he does not overwhelm the reader with calculations and esoterica. The premise is simple: On top of global warming, and probably as a result of it, seismic shifts liberate huge reservoirs of water up till now trapped deep beneath bedrock. Water begins to break through to flood the planet. There is nothing t...more