Imagine that the memory of the superbeings who created them has been kept alive from generation to generation.
Now imagine the most incredible family reunion in history--and you're ready for the latest mind-expa ...more
Well, it's not that they're bad novels per se, it's just that they're so... parroquial. They're absolutely not space operas, but small stories of a small group of ignorant people on a remote corner of the universe. That universe happens to be the same as "Timelike Infinity", so I read them just because of that, but if you're planning to read the Xeelee saga, you can skip Raft and Flux and have a better time sleeping, they feel so alien to the "proper" Xeelee universe, ...more
Flux by Stephen Baxter, Book 3 in the Xeelee sequence, did not live up to the first two novels. I made a huge mistake in that I should have never moved on to this book after immediately having read Timelike Infinity. I absolutely loved that book and was thrilled with the hard science, deep philosophy, and great characters. With such an emotional impact, I should have waited a bit to move on to this book. I am giving this read 3 stars only because the world building is that good.
It is sad ...more
I've enjoyed Baxter's novels, but this was the best so far. The climax kept pushing until the end, and the story had so ...more
"Painfully slow,..." There. Yes. That's a quote. From the book. I'm not gonna give the context, since I think it is never out of place in the ENTIRE book, the storyline being good for about 1/5th or even 1/10th of its size.
And the science. It is all off. Flux lines! Flux lines can't hit you! They are not discrete as implied in the story multiple times. Smelling photons. Impossible because it depends on a faster than light physiology. Not to mention instant ...more
Unfortunately, the tale wasn't anywhere near as ...more
The big unanswered question that no one in the book eve ...more
Occupying a side-slot in the grand Xeelee history, this novel also serves to show how Baxter's style has improved since his clumsy debut, "Raft", in spite of the even harder science. The group of characters that this book is concerned wit ...more
Somehow, life is possible within this environment and the main characters are a tiny race of beings created by humans to be able to live in the environment.
Within this world, the author creates a preindustrial society whose attitudes bear an odd resemblance to those on the planet Norfolk in Peter Hamilton's "Night's Dawn" series...more
Any story which begins like that can’t help but pique one’s interest and draw you in, and this is just what Flux does.
The third novel in Stephen Baxter’s Xeelee sequence is set inside a neutron star and follows microscopic Human Being, Dura, on a journey from the boondocks of the star’s mantle, downflux to the city of Parz, near the south pole. On arrival in Parz, Dura must survive ‘Glitches’ in the star’s magnet ...more
Perhaps it's because I've read neutron star science fiction (notably the novels Dragons Egg & it's sequel Star Quake by Robert L. Forward), and the contrast in the world building and hard science fiction in those novels are markedly superior to Flu ...more