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(Destiny's Children #4)

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Resplendent: Destiny's Children Book Four

"Cadre Siblings" (2000)
"Conurbation 2473" (2003)
"Reality Dust" (2000)
"Mayflower II" (2004)[b]
"All in a Blaze" (2003)
"Silver Ghost" (2000)
"The Cold Sink" (2001)
"On the Orion Line" (2000)
"Ghost Wars" (2006)
"The Ghost Pit" (2001)
"Lakes of Light" (2005)
"Breeding Ground" (2003)
"The Dreaming Mould" (2002)
"The Great Game" (20
Published December 1st 2006 by Gollancz (first published September 21st 2006)
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This is a very unusual and ambitious book.

It forms part of the Destiny's Children series, which is itself part of the larger Xeelee Sequence... yet it is very much a unique and wonderful beast.

It's a short story collection, set in the Destiny's Children universe and joining the dots between the other novels (and beyond). Because it's part of such a large, carefully developed universe each short story has powerful echoes of depth and atmosphere behind them - and because the stories form a long ch
Riju Ganguly
Blame it on Asimov. Ever since he had unleashed the “Foundation” saga, with its maddeningly realistic-yet-improbable glimpses of future where mankind shapes the fate of the universe through ups & downs, every writer ‘doing’ sci-fi has felt like having one of his/her own epics in that vein, comprising doorstopper novels and intimidatingly long novellas. As it happens, readers have thrown away most of the garbage, and all that we are left with are hard & compact stories. Stephen Baxter has tried ( ...more
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Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The fourth in the Destiny's Children series, this collection of short stories follows the fate of mankind through a history of its intergalactic politics, wars and philosophies, or rather "religions". Baxter's universe is not a pleasant one and war seems to be the driving force for economic, political and territorial expansion. Interestingly, many of the main characters in these short stories are young people finding out what it means to be a member of a galaxy-conquering race, finding man's des ...more
Andy Mac
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. A collection of short stories that spans much of the universe Baxter has developed (in time and in location). I like this way of interacting with a known universe, and could have read dozens more of these stories.

I can't say that the "ending" was satisfactory, though. An unfortunate side effect of this style, perhaps. Even so, this book almost stands alone and was a fun read.
Shane Kiely
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short story collection that knits together the various events of the various chapters of the Destiny's Children universe (though being primarily being set in the far future the contemporary/ancient world set Coalescent doesn't get much of a lookin). Like most of these types of books the quality can vary here & there, though there isn't a story I can highlight as being a particular dud. Mayflower 2, is probably my favourite story of the bunch, it feels the most unique (a lot of the others are g ...more
Martin Huijgen
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's a collection of short but consecutive stories that describe events in Baxter's universe he layed out in the previous three Destiny's Childrens books. I'm not usually a fan of short stories but this is really reads like one story, just running different characters most of the time. Not messy or complicated, it actually helps understand the previous volumes.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A massive saga covering the whole of human history plus a few thousand years into the future comes to an end. I thought it was a bit long, a bit dull in places and not as good as the others and seemed to crawl along then suddenly finish in a sprint, but a somewhat jerky bitty finish and not altogether satisfying.
Aqiul Colombowala
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! The scale of the universe imagined by Baxter is astounding! This is a great book, filling the gaps in the massive Xeelee series.
Mark Catalfano
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked "Ghost Wars", "Breeding Ground" and "Between Worlds"
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any fan of Stephen Baxter
Shelves: science-fiction
Good collection of short stories that fill in some gaps in the Xeelee sequence.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Nah. Could only get through 2 chapters. Too convolutred.
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Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A breathtaking scope of future history. Longer review to come. Hard to imagine what to read next to follow this series of stories that think conceptually in passing millenia.
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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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