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The Long Utopia

(The Long Earth #4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,232 ratings  ·  519 reviews
It is the middle of the twenty-first century.

After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption, humanity is spreading farther into the Long Earth. Society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve.

And new challenges emerge.

Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang is living with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He's determine
ebook, 373 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Harper (first published June 2015)
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Neil According to news articles, the 5th and final novel was completed before Terry Pratchett's death and will be published in 2016.

According to news articles, the 5th and final novel was completed before Terry Pratchett's death and will be published in 2016.

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Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
I am not sure why I left it so long between book 3 and this one but luckily I still had a good memory of what went before. There is nothing worse when reading a series than forgetting who did what to who in the earlier books!

I really enjoyed The Long Utopia. I think I now have my head around 'stepping' and millions of parallel worlds. I even coped with Lobsang moving from one body to another and working alongside one of his own alternate selves. I was upset with what happened to Sally, Stan and
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is my favorite book of this series, since the first one.

The first book in the Long Earth series captured my imagination to a degree that's rare. The world of the Long Earth is stunning. The characters Mr. Pratchett and Mr. Baxter created are fascinating individuals and it's a rewarding experience to spend time with them.

When I read a book, I want to feel like the story exists for its own sake. I want to feel like the authors are compelled to
Brendon Schrodinger
I took this volume and the next on holidays with me. Plenty of time on the beach, waiting for flights, on flights etc to read. And these books are the perfect holiday reading material - short chapters, easy prose, great concepts.

The Long Utopia carries on the story of the main characters of Joshua, Lobsang, Sally and a few others, this time concerning the Next, homo superiors, and Lobsang's retirement with Sister Agnes to raise a family. Of course, things go wrong in a plot-movingly way.

This i
Thomas Edmund
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
There is a certain point in a series where a reviewer has to accept that the series is not going in the direction they expected, and either give up reading, or give up being critical of installments that don't confirm to expectation. You see I loved The Long Earth, and got really excited by the dramatically titled The Long War. Nonetheless I was disappointed by both War and Mars. There just seemed so many cool story lines not fleshed out, the weird giant blob-beetle travelling the earths, the te ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
The Long Earth series is showing its age in this, the fourth book. The first book, The Long Earth, was entertaining and started out strong with an innovative take on the multiverse concept and introducing a handful of interesting characters. Those qualities were carried over into the first sequel, The Long War. The Long Mars recycled the same characters but did little to add to their growth or to continue world-building and innovation. That unfortunate trend continues in The Long Utopia, which r ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Ich habe es schon öfter erwähnt - und ich sage es wieder: Die Reihe wird niemals mein Favorit werden. Und doch kann ich sie nicht einfach abbrechen. Warum? Ganz einfach. Mir gefällt die große Idee, die hinter der "Langen Erde" steckt.

Denn in der von Terry Pratchett und Stephen Baxter geschaffenen "erweiterten" Version unseres Universums ist es wirklich nur ein paar kleine Schritte zwischen Hochkultur und Dschungelcamp. Nur eine simple Kartoffel, untergebracht in einem kleinen Kästchen mit Schalt
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical, sci-fi
Something of a return to form for this series that by the end of the third instalment had threatened to become a colossal waste of time and effort. Gone is the multiple vignette style of book three, added is a fair dose of Baxter's scientific imagination and explanation, replaced is the inevitable conclusion in favour of an unexpected denouement that whilst still squeezed in to the same number of words as a description of a forest (I exaggerate) is at least moving the story in a new direction, e ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
This series of books makes me incredibly angry. It is a demonstration of the bizarre reaction that happens when you combine two authors who seemingly balance each other very well. Instead of fascinating science fiction concepts from Baxter with the exceptional character development from Pratchett you get uninspired characters from Baxter (whose work is rife with flat unbelievable people) and boring rehashed SF ideas from Pratchett (who is far better known for his use of wit than his ground break ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2016
Humanity has reached the middle of the twenty first century. Datum Earth is never really recovered from the battering of the Yellowstone caldera and has slowly moved further into the Long Earths, and started to settle. Lobsang is now an elderly and tetchy AI, living on Springfield, an exotic earth deep in the Long Earth. Settled with Agnes, they have even adopted a child, but as he embraces normal life, there are strange sightings and unusual happenings in his new home.

These strange and unusual
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
2 Stars

The Long Utopia (The Long Earth #4) by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is a long...slow and mostly boring read. I have enjoyed the previous books quite a bit even though I had problems with both books two and three. I guess my feelings on this one were pretty inevitable.

The first 25 percent of this book involves pretty much nothing...sure there is a birthday and some stepping but very little happened. As a result I found myself bored and couldn't keep a focus on what was actually happ
I love The Long Earth series very much indeed and this, the fourth, is, I think, my favourite. Mixing sadness with light, it delves deeper into the hearts and souls of a very special group of people (not all of whom are entirely human) to investigate the nature of the Long Earths as well as the greatest threats challenging its survival.

Leona Lecturopata
Después de dos novelas algo descafeinadas o que por lo menos a mi me transmitieron poco, La utopía larga me ha reconciliado con esta saga (aunque sigue habiendo cosas que no me convencen). El final de lo mejor, deseando que nos llegue traducida la conclusión de este viaje.
Michael Bohli
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Die Reihe "The Long Earth" von Terry Pratchett und Stephen Baxter stellt mich immer wieder vor ein grosses Problem: Ich erwarte etwas komplett anderes, als ich erhalte. So bietet die eigentliche Welt zwar viele tolle Grundsätze und Möglichkeiten für fesselnde Geschichten, aber leider finden die beiden Autoren auch im vierten Band "The Long Utopia" viele Wege diese zu umgehen. Bekannte Charaktere werden nicht wirklich weiterentwickelt, neue Personen so merkwürdig eingeführt, dass sie einem gar ni ...more
Eric Allen
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
In my opinion this is the second best book of the series, behind the first. It's the first book in the series that really tries to reach for its full potential, exploring new ways of utilizing the setting and characters, rather than recycling the same old exploration plot like books 2 and 3 did. I found this to be quite enjoyable, and it shows what might have been expected from the series if not for Sir Terry Pratchett's death earlier this year. Stephen Baxter has reportedly said that, out of re ...more
Chris Boulton
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kinda wimped out giving it a three, lol.. so went with a diplomatic four! What? Why did I want to give it a three, I hear you ask! Well, I'll tell you for why!

Although I have enjoyed all four of these books, I can't help feeling that it's kinda indecisive. It just can't seem to decide whether it's going to be one long interconnected story that's going to build up to one final and brilliant climax or individual stories that only have a few interconnected bits.

Personally, I think what this series
Phil Leader
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, amazon
The Long Earth series of books presented an intriguing idea, that of being able to 'step' into parallel Earths, each an untouched wilderness and each one slightly different until they became very different planets. How would this affect people on a personal level and how would it affect the social and political stability of the original 'Datum Earth'?

The second book, The Long War explored the political theme further with the superpowers attempting to control the equivalent populations on the oth
Alex Sarll
The first Pratchett book to come out since the chap who talks in capitals came for him, and as such sure to be a melancholy read whatever its content. Though obviously this series was always a collaborative effort, and in some ways this one feels tilted more Baxter's way than its predecessors. There are occasional bursts of stilted dialogue, undigested exposition and repetition more familiar from his work than Pratchett's – though as with such an assessment of any collaboration, this is pure inf ...more
Bar Reads
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Suffering severe book series withdrawal. I need the 5th book Now!
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cuarta entrega de la serie que se iniciara con "La Tierra Larga" que versa sobre una infinita cadena de Tierras paralelas donde la humanidad nunca se ha desarrollado y de un aparatito, cuya pieza fundamental es una patata, que da la posibilidad a casi todos los humanos de cruzar de una a otra. Unos pocos tienen una cualidad natural y no necesitan de estas cruzadoras para realizar sus traslados, otros no pueden hacerlo en ningún caso. La infinitud de mundos disponibles no se encuentra exenta
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeg kan ikke anbefale denne serie nok! Bog fire bygger videre på de muligheder som The Long Earth giver menneskeheden, samtidig med at den sætter spørgsmålstegn ved om disse nu interdimentionelle væsner stadig er mennesker eller om de der naturligt 'stepper' er en helt ny art.
Tim Hicks
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Better than I feared ... that's the best I can say about it.

Before I forget, I must credit the sly inclusion of having Lobsang say that one thing he knows about is sweeping. Those who have read Pratchett's Thief of Time will have appreciated that. Now let's see, which Lobsang said that?

So. Long Utopia? The Utopia concept is mentioned only slightly more than Mars, which is to say in about eight words. And buh-bye beanstalks, because we spent a lot of time writing them in only to realize that we
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I have adored every moment of The Long Earth series, a brilliant collaboration by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. I like the story of parallel Earths and humans exploring them, although this fourth book has a slightly different feel- there's no epic journey here. It's still superb though.

The main plot sees sort-of-AI Lobsang fake his own death and go and live an ordinary life with Agnes. But something on the world they end up living on is not right and it becomes apparent that a great threa
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you've gotten this far in the series, you might have some questions and a desire to see some of the stranger threads come together, like the parentage of our MC's, some of the hints of the stranger alien/Earthlings, the oddest Earths, and, of course, Lobsang.

I can characterize all of these novels as Pioneer Fiction, easily, but they're also heavy SF written in a very engaging and easy way, full of wonderful characters and simple, interesting plots.

Now, I must admit that the last one and this
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The Long Earth universe has unlimited potential, literature-wise. So, imagine my disappointment when books 2 and 3 in the series were no more than rehashes of the first novel, in which we are introduced to an endless string of Earths that people can travel, or "step" to, with the help of a potato.

The Long Earth is a novel of discovery. We follow the characters as they travel from Earth to Earth and witness the staggering array of worlds and lifeforms, intelligent and not, that make up the Long
Im 4. Buch um den Zyklus der "Langen Erde" kommt es zu einer Begegnung mit einer außerirdischen Lebensform, die nicht in der Weltenkette der Parallelen Erden beheimatet ist. So wie der Roman von den Hard Science Ideen eines Stephen Baxter beseelt ist, so wurde auch der Kontakt, oder Nichtkontakt, zu der Roboter-Zivilisation, die sich einer Erde in den Hohen Megas (viele Millionen Schritte von unserer Datums-Erde entfernt) bemächtigt haben und nichts anderes zu tun haben, als sie mit Hilfe eines ...more
Johan Haneveld
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm torn between three and four stars for this book. So, 3,5 stars. On the one hand this book lacks in the area of character and story. Some threads in here (like the story about 19th century London) don't really impact the plot, however entertaining they are), and there's a lot of exposition that's clunkily delivered ('Don't you remember when we ...'). The seams in writing style and themes between the two authors start to show and become a bit jarring. So, taken as a novel, this falls short. Bu ...more
Colin Murtagh
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well if this is how the series finishes, it's not a bad way to go. If you've read the previous three books, and if not, why not, then you'll have a fairly good idea where this one is going to end up.
The Travelling aspect of the previous books has been turned down a bit, and a lot of the book takes place on one particular world. Lobsang and Agnes have retired to one of the frontier worlds, one recommended by Sally, but things there aren't quite as settled as they would like it to be.
The issues
Fantasy Literature
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
2 stars from Kate, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

I read this book thinking it was, finally, the end of Terry Pratchett and Steven Baxter’s LONG EARTH series. Unfortunately, I have since read that one more is going to come out. In some ways, this is fine. The Long Utopia (2015) in no way provides a conclusion to many of the plotlines that Pratchett and Baxter have set in motion in previous installments and about which I am still, despite my better instincts, curious. In other ways, th
D.L. Morrese
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
These books are different, fascinatingly so. With the setting and characters now well established, a more traditional science-fiction plot than those of the first three books emerges—contact with inscrutable aliens. But this story is equally thought provoking...and seems to leave the door open for further exploration.

As an aside, Terry Pratchett has long been my favorite author. The Long Earth series that he created in collaboration with Stephen Baxter only goes to exemplify how much potential h
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another stunning installment of the Long Earth cycle. These are some of the only books I make a point of buying in hard cover the day they release, simply because I feel I'm paying homage to an amazing series. The books are so good, they deserve to be read on paper and paper only. I took my time with this one, savoring every word, and I'm glad I did. The only part I didn't absolutely love were the flashbacks, but that's probably because I don't feel they actually went anywhere, yet.

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