It worked. Too well.
Poole was never seen again. Then from far in the future, from a time so distant that the stars themselves were dying embers, came an urgent SOS--and a pr...more
With my reading of Ring Stephen Baxter has become my favourite modern science fiction author, comparable in terms of sheer pleasure brought through ideas and ...more
Right, so. If you are not familiar with the Pauli Exclusion Principle, baryons, star life cycles, and the more speculative and bizarre edges of string theory (wh ...more
Ring by Stephen Baxter is the best of the four book Xeelee Sequence. Baxter did something smart and rare with this series. All of the books are standalone novels. You can read them in pretty much any order with the exception that Ring should be read last. The coolest thing is the way that this book ties all four together. It is amazing.
Ring might be the most technical of the four books in this hard science fiction story. This is a true hard science novel. I loved how much time is spent ...more
Elsewhere, I've discussed how this was the first non Star Trek piece of fiction I read after nearly a decade of, well, religious extremism, wherein I vaguely thought this sort of thing was a sin. But working nightshift where I spent most of my time sitting on my ass and trying to alleviate boredom led me to give this novel a shot.
I picked it up, somewher ...more
The story and plot are fantastic, imaginative, and well-written. The amount of creativity and thought that went int ...more
Apart from that, it could be a full 5 star book. ...more
In "Timelike Infinity" we get an amazing story spun between a bunch of qu ...more
The Paradoxa organisation has evolved in the wake of Michael Poole's original journey to the future in 'Timelike Infinity' and the subsequent discovery that there were powerful and inimical aliens out there. Paradoxa has now become a powerful body whose remit is to preserve Humanity. What has also been discovered is that someone or something is d ...more
I think these books are more about the science than about an actual good story. It seems the author had an ending for the book in mind and some good ideas (same wi ...more
The Ring takes the reader from a futuristic Earth that has endured alien conquest and subsequent successful revolution out of the solar system and on to an adventure that spans the evolution of humanity and the universe. And those aren't the mind blowing parts.
The Ring was the first Stephen Baxter book I had read and enjoyed it so much that I went on to read most of his other ...more
Lieserl was suspended inside the body of the Sun.
She spread her arms wide and lifted up her face. She was deep within the Sun's convective zone, the broad mantle of turbulent material beneath the growing photosphere. Convective cells larger than the Earth, tangled with ropes of magnetic flux, filled the world around her with a complex, dynamic, three-dimensional tapestry. She could hear the roar of the great gas founts, smell ...more
I do however have three sets of questions that either weren’t answered or perhaps I just wasn’t payi ...more
Reading Ring was like having sex with a dynamic and experienced lover, but at the moment of climax, they stop and go home, saying "see you tomorrow". This repeats every day for 2 weeks.
About half way through I couldn't take it any more and just started skipping pages quickly and scanning them to pick up the major plot events.
I would rather just read a list of Baxter's ingenious ideas rather than having to ...more
4 stars because of the lack of Xeelee, of focus on technologies and believable science. Like all the Xeelee books I've read so far, it's not about the Xeelee but about some temporal travel.
I'm reading the books in the Xeelee series in the chronological order from Wikipedia. This is the one I enjoyed the most so far - I especially like a SF novel that doesn't focus on human drama and interactions. Ain't nobody got time fo' ...more
together with "Timelike Infitiy", are a tour-de-force in far future hard science fiction. Few other authors can handle this kind of grand-scale galactic projects with such ease.
The setting is absolutely stunning, the characters unbelievably human even if so far in the future, the plot extremely catchy, an ...more
Unless you have a massive interest in astrophysics, skip this one. Read Vacuum Diagrams instead, as it explores the themes from this book but is much more readable due to being short stories.