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Timelike Infinity (Xeelee Sequence #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,156 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
2000 years in the future, the solar system has fallen under the domination of an alien species, the Quax. But into this world appears a spaceship launched over 1500 years ago, intended to establish a link through which time travel is possible. To the humans this is a chance to reverse time.
Paperback, 253 pages
Published 1997 by HarperCollins (first published 1992)
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Sep 08, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Stephen Baxter makes my brain hurt.

I read Raft and had a great time despite the hard science aspects that I'm not used to and now book two has melted my brain with a lot of talk of physics interwoven with a story of time travel and a background of interspecies war.

Once more Baxter has written a highly enjoyable novel peopled by interesting characters and full of fascinating ideas. The hard science aspect takes a little getting used to for people like me who aren't genius level scientists or what
Aug 26, 2013 Apatt rated it it was amazing
Stephen Baxter has been on my radar for a while now, but the poor fellow keep getting pushed back in favour of more "flavour du jour" books. He is one of the elite sci-fi writers working actively today I think (among Reynolds, Hamilton, Scalzi, Stross etc.). I did give Raft a not very enthusiastic attempt, couldn't really make any head of tail of it within the first chapter and then I was tempted away by another book that everybody was talking about; I forget which one, I'm just too easily swaye ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
5 Stars

Timelike Infinity is simply a mind-blowing hard science novel by Stephen Baxter, a giant of the genre. This is a read that is surely to hurt your brain and leave you scratching your head. Book two in the Xeelee sequence is a progression of the world without being connected to the amazingly original first book, Raft.

Wow. Wow. Wow.

I confess that I loved this book and enjoyed each and every page. This is a novel and a series for fans of hard science fiction and it is not appropriate for thos
Second Book in the Xeelee Universe series by Stephen Baxter was very nice indeed. Although it amazes at quite a few times, but still to me it fell short of some for a 5-star rating.

As in the first book, he has an extremely vivid imagination, solid storyline that spans millions of years. Some true Hard Science Fiction here. Lots of usage of ideas bearing Wormholes, Consciousness, Space-time Travels, Ultimate Observer, Hyperdrives, Wave-function Collapses, GUTships, Artificial Gravity, Alien Being
Mar 28, 2014 Joe rated it liked it
I liked the little story just enough to finish, and in finishing, I find the story was big. This isn't my cup of tea, but I just might read another one in this series.
Nov 01, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
This is my second book into the Xeelee sequence (and the third Stephen Baxter book I've read, the first being Manifold Time) and I'm enjoying it immensely so far. I admit I tend to generous in giving 5 stars to books I enjoyed. I'm not to picky about technical criticism and all that, all that matters to me is how much I enjoyed reading it. But I give this only 4, because in the confusion of explaining all the physics...

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Aug 20, 2016 Chip rated it really liked it
If you are looking for some hard science fiction, early Baxter is the place to go. He has some amazing technology (Virtuals that allow communication between really long distances, accurate wormholes made into a time machine, singularity weapons, etc) and aliens (Qax overlords, Spline, Xeelee, future humans, etc). The story is OK but the characters need more. Part of a series of books in larger common universe.
John Maxwell
Jan 30, 2016 John Maxwell rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book after Raft was so enjoyable. But to be honest, each character seemed to exist only to fulfill some utility. Although that is always true of all characters, in this book they had no other purpose to exist. All dialogue was the dialogue that was necessary to explain the whimsical conversation the artist was effectively having with himself. They all agreed, they all had the same perspectives, and they all completely understood everything. Everything. They always ha ...more
Michael O'Donnell
Jul 19, 2015 Michael O'Donnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A spaceship, towing a wormhole connected to the past, arrives back in the Solar System after a fifteen hundred year journey, only to find Earth subjugated by the alien Qax. Rebel group, the Friends of Wigner, use the wormhole to escape into the past in order to complete The Project, which they believe will save humanity. In the past, creator of the wormhole technology, Michael Poole, must decide whether to help the rebels or oppose them - a decision which could cost him his life.

This second nove
Esteban LV
Dec 23, 2015 Esteban LV rated it liked it
Great sci-fi! Hard and epic. From common humans to galaxy-encompassing beings.

Loved the nods to other books, like a certain Mr. Poole entering an artifact orbiting Jupiter (Clarke, 2001, 2010), or the Ultimate Observer making the Final Observation (Asimov, The Last Question).

I enjoyed it quite a lot, especially after "Raft" which I found lacking a bit epicness. This is space opera at its best! Ok, it's not "Revelation Space", but it manages.

On a not so good note, the characters and action fee
Sep 17, 2016 Bron rated it liked it
Another very enjoyable book by Stephen Baxter in spite of the nagging feeling in places that I had read it before (can't find it in my book cases). It's a time travel book where earth's future is being menaced by creatures from a more distant future who are themselves in danger from humans in an even more distant future! You need to keep a firm hold on all the time lines but Baxter has conjured up some rather disagreeable aliens so you can't help feeling "hooray" when they are beaten by a single ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
I thought the concept of this book was very interesting, and it was enjoyable for the most part. The time travel and interaction between races was good, and I enjoyed the hard sci-fi aspect. However, in the end I found the plot to be way too simple... It felt more like I had just read a novella or detailed short story that had been fluffed up.
Nov 18, 2012 Rick rated it it was ok
Marginally engaging, but gets very bogged down in the science at points, and the end is not a particularly neat wrapping up of the story. The plot felt strained at times and the characters weren't developed well either. A little disappointing from what I'd read of the reviews.
Mar 13, 2016 Bobi rated it it was amazing
Timelike Infinity from 1992 from Stephen Baxter is a novel, that I didn't expect to have some much science stuff. Actually, when I first bought this book, I was in for nothing special, just a really fun sci-fi adventure. And I got something better and more complicated than expected. Baxter sure is very creative. The characters are all awesome and the different settingS are also creative. The plot was very interesting, even though I pretty much slept in the parts with lots of science. From BAD 1 ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing
Timelike Infinity, despite it's intense, mind-bending vocabulary which can be hard to get through for some, is the kind of book that is so interesting even when no action is happening that you can blow right through this book in an evening. Coming in at a little over 250 pages, Stephen Baxter weaves an awesome, awe-inspiring story in which the stakes could not be higher in any way shape or form. Time travel? Check. God-like, mysterious aliens? Yes. Characters in search of the Grand Observer? Of ...more
Sep 15, 2011 David added it
Shelves: science-fiction
Not sure how many stars to give it.

The book presents some immense SF tech / far future concepts. Certainly food for thought.

Unlike many SF readers, scientific accuracy can affect my reading satisfaction. The problem here is more complex than usual. Baxter presents wormhole time travel using a means suggested by an important and respected physicist - so it would be unfair for me to say it's "inaccurate". However, it is a theory I've thought about in the past and which I have been unable to resolv
Michele (Mikecas)
da: .... Devo dire che Baxter non ha avuto un grande successo presso gli editori italiani, perch veramente pochi dei suoi romanzi sono stati tradotti nella nostra lingua. La Nord ha pubblicato solo due dei quattro romanzi della serie degli Xeelee, lasciando quindi molti dubbi sullo sviluppo di quella che probabilmente l'idea migliore di Baxter. Poco di altro apparso in Italia, a parte i due romanzi scritti "insieme" ad Arthur Clarke, che in et molto ava ...more
Roddy Williams
Dec 21, 2013 Roddy Williams rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Hard SF meets Space Opera head-on in a bewildering but beguiling adventure of wormholes, time travel, naked singularities and even Stonehenge uprooted and carried to the orbit of Jupiter.
Mankind has reached the point of expanding through the Solar System and to nearer stars and has introduced AS (anti-senescence) treatment. In the orbit of Jupiter, Michael Poole has assembled a pair of wormhole portals.
The science of this is not easy to follow, but the idea seems to be that Poole can fly at nea
Neda Stojkovic
May 08, 2012 Neda Stojkovic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
Like previous book in the Xeelee sequence, Raft, this one too is packed with sheer love of universe, science, knowledge and human potential. This is quickly becoming greatest signature of Stephen Baxter, and I really love it.

In this book, we are again in our universe (as opposed to the framework of Raft), but the story revolves in two different times, connected by men-made wormhole. Mechanism for forming the wormhole that spans two points of time is very elegant and natural - at one point in tim
Barry Kirwan
Dec 22, 2011 Barry Kirwan rated it really liked it
Finished Timelike Infinity last night by Stephen Baxter, and I enjoyed it, though with a few minor quibbles. First and foremost, however, the prose is as usual excellent, and I wish I could write as smoothly and nuanced as he does. Also the science fiction is written authoritatively, that is to say he clearly knows what he is talking about, which when writing about hyperspace travel and time travel through wormholes, takes some doing. As for characters, Jasoft steals the limelight from the offic ...more
David Ramirer
Jul 30, 2013 David Ramirer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-readings
eines dieser science-fiction-bücher, die neue tore öffnen.
baxter kombiniert hier wissenschaftliche visionen und ideen mit einer kompromisslos harten story... alleine schon die idee, dass eine spezies (die "splines") aus riesigen, lebendigen schiffen besteht, die nicht nur die oberfläche des heimatplaneten verlässt, sondern auch den weg durch den hyperraum antritt aus eigener kraft, hat etwas faszinierendes... oder auch die rasse der "xeelee", auf der ja der gleichnamige zyklus aufbaut: eine ural
Feb 14, 2015 kyknoord rated it it was ok
A bit of a clinker, this one. When the story finally stops staring at its navel and gets going, the main thrust of it is, "ONOES! A Bad Thing may happen!" It is up to the thoroughly uncharismatic hero and his unlikely team of misfits to stop the Bad Thing from happening. Will he? Won't he? I found myself thinking, "Eh, who gives a shit?"

The plot is vaguely reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy, but with all the fun sucked out.
Lars Dradrach
Mar 22, 2015 Lars Dradrach rated it liked it
Up until the last chapter this was a 4 star book, then it seemed like he had to wrap up in a hurry, at that point the story also changes focus and becomes very 2001 like, which is normally ok, however here it doesn't fit the rest of the story. Or maybe I just didn't get it.
Kunal Jain
Dec 22, 2014 Kunal Jain rated it really liked it
A lot better than Raft, the first book in the xeelee sequence, this one is imaginative, fast pace and leaves the reader hungry for more. A great stage is for future books in the series. However as with the first, the character development is limited.
Kieren Bonner
Jan 31, 2015 Kieren Bonner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes sci fi
i really enjoyed this book i have been working through the entire xeelee sequence and this book really helped me grasp a deeper understanding of the universe that stephen baxter has built.
May 13, 2016 Vít rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Tenhle příběh z cyklu Xeelee mě nebavil tolik jako Vor a Proud. Ne, že by to bylo až tak špatné, spíš mě ty záležitosti kolem červích děr, cestování časem a kauzality tolik nezaujaly. Tři hvězdy dávám jen kvůli pěkné exkurzi do kvantové fyziky a vlastně i filozofie.
Ivan Bogdanov
Доста елементарна фантастика. Започна добре, Земята под окупация от извънземни, човешки представител при тях, викам - а, някой е чел "Краят на детството".
Продължи добре - двоен капан във времето, простанствено временни континиуми, игри с причини и следствие.
И до тук. Втората половина освен, че беше слаба, беше и силно нелогична.
Като се изключат трийсетина страници описание на черни дупки и интересна теория за тях, другото беше боза, а за края просто не искам да си спомням.
Намесиха се и някакви "
Vegard Storsul opdahl
Feb 19, 2016 Vegard Storsul opdahl rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Kva skal seia. Heftig hovudhandling, men forsøket på å sy det i hop med eit tankeeksperiment frå teoretisk fysikk lykkast ikkje heilt. Kva oppfølgaren kjem til å handle om, er heilt i det blå. Men framåt gjeng eg
Oct 12, 2015 Sk marked it as unfinished
Nach 50 Seiten aufgegeben. Die geschichte ist vielleicht interessant, aber die Expositions-Dialoge sind nicht auszuhalten.
Aug 01, 2014 Guilherme rated it it was ok
I just reread this book because I couldn't remember reading it. I can see why.

Raft and Flux are vastly better.
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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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Xeelee Sequence (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • Flux (Xeelee Sequence, #3)
  • Ring (Xeelee Sequence, #4)
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