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
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
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
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
“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
It's not exciting in an Indiana Jones type way, but I didn't want to put it down. You know what's going to happen, and you don't. He shows you the devolution of society in the face of extreme calamity, showing mankind's will to survive. And what they will do to ensure that survival. It's not always a pretty...more
Our disparate group of hostage survivors who became bonded to one of the super rich are the prisms through which we watch the ceaseless rising of the waters unfold. A representative enough group but their links to the super rich guy which essentially entails that they are mostly still there at the end seemed a bit stretched.
However, they are our guides to this perplexing catastrophe, to the inundations, floods, panics, mass deaths an...more
As the rising seas slowly swallow all of civilization, we follow four people, recently saved from captivity and thrust into a world in its death throes. Though the characters rarely rise above "lucky observer," it's for the best; the real story is how society reacts over a protracted apocalypse. Corporations take over where governments fail. Entire cities migrate, only to find that their new lands will soon be submerged. Na...more
I should probably have learnt by now that Stephen Baxter novels inevitably start with a fascinating, often thrilling premise, and then fizzle out thanks to terrible, flat characters. Initially set in your standard Twenty Minutes Into the Future version of Europe, Flood chronicles a sudden, inexplicable sea level rise, one that goes beyond what should be reasonably expected due...more