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Starfall (Xeelee Sequence #13)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Hardcover, 89 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by PS Publishing (first published January 12th 2009)
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“Starfall” is a novella in Stephen Baxter’s Xeelee Sequence, a series of novels and stories laying out millenia of future history for mankind and for a variety of powerful alien races. “Starfall” itself sticks mostly to humans – Earth has established an empire among the stars, but Imperial rule is paranoid and tyrannical. The novella describes the colonists’ rebellion against Earth – a massive military operation that must be carried out in total stealth, and under relativistic speeds. For the re ...more
Sep 23, 2009 Andreas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard SF fans
Rebels from distant colonies want to fight for their independence and plan an attack on earth. They come up with a clever plan, spanning multiple decades...

"Starfall" is an interesting far-future space-opera novella. Baxter has intriguing warfare ideas and embeds them in a plausible, realistic background. It would have been easy to expand the story into a novel and I think that the longer form would have worked better. Character development comes too short and some ideas would have deserved more
May 24, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novella, something like 90 pages worth and my honest opinion is that it would have made a much better novel. I hope Baxter takes the idea and runs with it - a couple more plot threads and some more complex relationships and this could be and exciting book.
Jul 06, 2014 Raj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
I really rather enjoyed this novella, set in a future where Humanity has colonised nearby star systems and formed an empire under which the colonies are now chaffing. The novella tells the story of the first interstellar war, not just over imperial might, but something that the Empress has that could threaten the whole of Humanity.

Although I don't always get on that well with Baxter's work, he can definitely tell a good story, and this slower-than-light interstellar war is a great example. There
José Monico
Sep 09, 2014 José Monico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it would do Baxter well to continue on with this novella structure. He is superb under this medium: the length is perfect for his vast imagination, and pace. Anything longer and we tend to get dullness due to his limited writing abilities. This one plays out like an action movie, so events are episodic and quickly processed. Nothing wrong in this instance; the story was incredibly enjoyable. I kept geeking out over the mentions of Leiserl and other Xeelee names like Michael Poole and the ...more
Stephen Theaker
Aug 09, 2009 Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other reviewers have commented on this being very short, and indeed it is, but I've got about a dozen Baxter bricks on my shelves, all of them unread. I really appreciated the chance to read something of his without having to dedicate an entire month to it. I thought this was fantastic, a magnificent, epic story in a mere ninety pages.
Jonathan Discount
Solid hard space opera by Stephen Baxter; fills a gap in the greater Xeelee Sequence; written as a novella, could easily have been expanded into full novel. Exciting & fast-paced, but almost no character development. Good to come back to this book after you've finished the other critical reading in the Xeelee Sequence. But I wouldn't start with it.
May 08, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice novella set in the Xeelee universe.
Jun 10, 2013 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book filled a tiny gap in the story of the Xeelee and was really very very VERY good.
But also a complete tease and left me hungry for a novel of this caliber...

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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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