(Not ENTIRELY true, actually, the hive-mind humans and a remnant 20-thousand-year-old near-immortal in Exultant gave us some continuity.)
But in actual fact, Exultant reads more like a bonafide Xeelee novel. As in, pulling together all the T ...more
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
This is nominally a sequel to Baxter's Coalescent, which I read several years ago and enjoyed. Exultant takes place in the same universe over 20,000 years later, so I guess it's a sequel in roughly the same way that Dune is a sequel to Hamlet. Especially ...more
The book describes a universe twenty thousand years into the future, when human kind has infested the galaxy, destroying all sentient races they encountered with their immense war machine. They are currently at war with a technologically superior enemy called the Xeelee, which are trapped at the core of the galaxy, ...more
"Exultant" is back in force to kick-ass far-future starship battles, hard-science, warring empires, cool concepts, even some cool character dilemmas. The action time-wise falls somewhere in the middle of "Ring" and finally shows humans engaged in battle with the Xeelee. The speculations on black hole physics here are so very cool. Can't help but 5* this guilty pleasure of mi ...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
I always get an iffy feeling when I read a story about military operations written by someone with no military background, so the pure military parts of Exultant reads a bit like John ...more
Had hoped for a continuation of the story from 'Coalescent', but this one takes place 10k+ years in the future -and is also very SF with lots of jargon that is way above my head. Furthermore I have learned that it would be advisable to read the Xeelee-novels first.
Baxter is a great writer and I will definitely read other books of his; not this one though.
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 eccent
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
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