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Stephen Baxter, que prometía ser la nueva gran estrella de la ciencia-ficción británica, nos ofrece en su tercera novela una curiosa actualización del viaje a la Luna que ideó Julio Verne.

La acción comienza en 1855, cuando el ejército inglés prueba un arma novísima (con una capacidad de destrucción a la bomba atómica, pero sin los efectos colaterales de la radioactividad)...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published 1998 by Ediciones B (first published 1993)
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In amongst all the brain hurting, thought provoking hard science fiction that I have thus far experienced from the pen of Stephen Baxter I noticed that he was a damned fine storyteller. He seems to have a knack for exploring fascinating ideas and populating his stories with interesting characters. Anti-Ice doesn't quite live up to my earlier experiences however.

An alternative history novel set in Victorian Europe, the discovery of a new fuel source which kick starts a new industrial revolution a...more
Profundus Librum
Baxter eme könyve modorában, nyelvezetében és kissé nehézkesnek ható elbeszélési módjában és sutácska karaktereivel is sikeresen idomul a klasszikus vernei hagyományokhoz. (Mintha csak egy új, régen elveszett majd varázslatos módon meglelt Verne-művet olvasnánk.) A tudományos, ismeretterjesztő részek – például az űrrepülésről, a csillagászatról vagy a giroszkóp működéséről szólóak – megalapozottak, nem légből kapottak, ahogy azt Baxtertől megszokhattuk már, aki egyébként matematikai és mérnöki d...more
Quite an engrossing tale of an alternative history wherein the English discover in the late 1800s what amounts to anti-matter---from an anti-matter asteroid that crashed into Moon (and a piece of which struck Earth, and remained preserved in the Antarctic ice due to internal superconductivity properties).

Needless to say (which is why I liked it), the story is principally a cautionary tale against massively destructive weapons: hinting that such weapons will lead to global control by some, comple...more
Alanis Garcia
An alternate history.
An intrepid explorer uses a new element found to fuel his inventions. The fuel is clean, but when heated without the right containment explodes like an atom bomb, without the fallout.

Taking place in pre world war 1 Europe.
I like that the author included other things to add to the mix besides the new invention. Charles Dickens getting booed out of Britain is just one example.
Jim Smith
This is one of Baxter's earlier works - a dip into steam punk before that genre had really properly taken off. The premise is that a C19 British expedition to the Antarctic discovers a strange yellowish icy material which, when heated to room temperature, explodes with tremendous force. However, if kept at sub-zero temperatures, and allowed to bleed off its energy slowly, it is an immense source of energy. It is also (when placed in an artillery shell)an interesting parallel to a nuclear weapon....more
Ramon Yáñez lópez
Hace a��os lo abandone despues de leer los dos primeros cap��tulos. No se como lo vi en la estanteria criando polvo y me dio por darle una oportunidad...

Me record�� (aunque ya lo advert��a la contraportada) a un refrito de Julio Verne. Ciertamente lo es y por ello no aporta nada nuevo. Si os interesa se lee de un tir��n y se olvida con la misma facilidad...

Loki Carbis
A good fun work of alternate history, this one. It's a Vernian planetary romance that's somewhat derailed by its sharp turn into political parable in its final chapter. Still, for all the heavy-handedness of its conclusion, it's a good old classic adventure tale at heart.
Make that 2 1/2 stars. Honestly, this take of Victorians in Spaaace caused me to have some flashbacks to the Professor Challenger stories, though luckily without falling to the level of The Land of Mist. Sure the science was better and the characters, even though they came across as annoying at times, are consistent with what we find in the literature of the period, but I was more than halfway through the book before I started caring about any of them. In short, I would say that if you are a fan...more
Gunner McGrath
The only thing this book has going for it is that it reads very much like an H.G. Wells novel. Otherwise it is mostly boring, with uninteresting characters and both a ridiculous and largely pointless story. Maybe some will be intrigued by a 19th-century-styled science fiction story where the science is actually correct (one must only read The Island of Dr. Moreau to know how easily bad science can render a book laughably terrible), but for me that novelty was not enough to overcome the sheer use...more
Written in the style of Wells and Verne of the 1870s. Interesting alternative history in which Briton has almost unlimited power from a found compound called Anti-Ice. New technologies are developed during the Victorian period including rocketships, bullet trains, and weapons of mass destruction. Though the trip to the moon is fascinating, it also has a disturbing dark side to the story.
Steam Age SciFi from Baxter. In the 19th Century, the British discover a pile of stuff in the Antarctic. This stuff releases fabulous quantities of energy when it comes into contact with other stuff. A whole transportation economy develops based on the so-called Anti-Ice. And there is a mission to the moon. Fun!
Ralph McEwen
I was not impressed with this alternate history. Science is science and physics are physics even in this book and this author gets both wrong. You can not have both 1800's manufacturing abilities and advance levels of metallurgy and manufacturing side by side. The characters are dull and the conversations are stilted.
Ok, Baxter should stick around this level. Nice light fiction. No ponderous voyages to the end of time using discredited superstring theories from the end of last month, thank you very much. Got it for 49 cents at the St Vincent de Paul thrift store on Lake Street. Thanks to them also.
Cheryl in CC NV
Mar 22, 2013 Cheryl in CC NV marked it as skimmed-reference-dnf  ·  review of another edition
Just not engaging. When I was a young teen I probably would have loved it, with the neat alternate-history concepts and technology. But now, decades later, I need more. For example, characters.
Steampunk before it was ever A Thing! A British Empire and Industrial Revolution super-charged by anti-matter. Great fun.

Interesting book. Not at all what I expected when I started reading it.
Space steampunk is just one of those things where I can't suspend my disbelief...
Kathy Sebesta
Very Jules Verne-y in style, but also rather preachy. Not worth the effort.
A good steam-punk homage to Jules Verne and H.G Wells.
Lord Humungus
Some fun steam punkish stuff.
Aug 22, 2007 Justin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi nerds
A quick, fun read.
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Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton Universities (doctorate in aeroengineering research). Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the...more
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