Exultant (Destiny's Children #2)
Baxter is a man of ideas, but it seems he is too busy pondering grand concepts to put them in the proper context of a good story. There are truly mind-boggling concepts; even too many, it seems, because some have barely a page or two of devel ...more
Military SF fans will relish the second entry in Baxter's Destiny's Children trilogy, set long after the events recounted in 2003's Coalescent. When navy pilot Pirius and his crew violate protocol during a skirmish with the alien Xeelee and end up capturing a ship from "mankind's most ancient and most powerful foe," instead of accolades, two versions of Pirius—Pirius Red and Pirius Blue, from different time lanes—receive punishment. Pirius Red accompanies the eccentric Ni
Baxter has a head full of great concepts, and not all seem to make it to the page intact. The war between human and the mysterious Xeelee introduces a lot of wild concepts (most familiar among them the idea of war as Malthusian population control), but when we meet the bureaucrats on Earth who command the war effort these ideas teeter on the brink of clumsy satire; when the younger Pirius is granted an audience with one such bureaucrat, the man be ...more
The story is long, so if you're looking for an action-packed experience, this isn't for you. The story seems unnecessarily convoluted, and drags on in many cases, leaving the reader ...more
What I like about Baxter is that he's not repeating tired cliches about a science fiction future. He's doing fresh stuff.
The only author I can compare him to in the scope of his future historical vision is Olaf Stapledon though perhaps Art ...more
I liked the fact that he talked about the coalescent in this book, but it wasn't really in the forefront, unless you talk about the military and the way they used kids for fighting.
There was a lot of good ideas in the book and unfortunately, he didn't really go into too much detail. The ali ...more
this is my favourite stephen baxter book, and was also the first one i read,
It's connection to other books in this series, and the greater Xeelee cycle, is quite baffling. Check some chronologies before you read, unless you want to read the conclusion of the Xeelee conflict before it starts!
My thanks to the City of London lending library service.