Love Baxter s short stories Such a buffet but always a thread tying them together This is a book of short stories by Stephen Baxter who I feel is one of the best authors writing Hard Science Fiction I Read This Book science fiction I read this book an ebook While I have enjoyed his novels and longer works this was a nice little diversion Some nice ideas were tossed about and explored For someone new to the author or science fiction I would not recommend this book only because I feel some of this work is a bit too subtle and uiet in its story telling I wonder if a new reader to the genre would want stories with a bit impact overall To be fair some of the stories do hit that mark but not all But if you are a fan of Mr Baxter definitely ick this up It shows off his talent differently than some of his other work I love science fiction because I love the journey of imagination into the human species UML Weekend Crash Course [With CDROM] possible futures And for reasons I m not totally sure of Stephen Baxter is one of my favourite sci fi writerscorrect thathe is the only sci fi author I read these daysSurely all of us are fascinated by the future and by the big scientific andolitical uestions and challenges that humankind will face as we trace the contours of our Steampunk Erotica past andresent and try to imagine them into our future The biggest uestion of all I guess is whether we will ever have the technological capability to find and explore other habitable worlds and their inhabitants And by the time we do what will our world look like Poker Slave politically and economically Will as Baxter suggests in one of the short stories in this collection space exploration be led and conducted by therivate sector Will #There Still Be A Private # still be a To the Golden Shore private I enjoy Baxter s writing so much for three reasonsFirstly as Ian Whatesoints out in his
introduction to this collection of Baxter s short stories Baxter knows his scientific stuff so his imaginings of to this collection of Baxter s short stories Baxter knows his scientific stuff so his imaginings of future are based on seemingly Indulge (Warm Delicacy, profound knowledge ofresent day science and where it may be leading us so much so in fact that I often struggle to understand some of the scienceSecondly Baxter seems to have a deep sense and knowledge of history His one story in this anthology based on Nazi research during the Second World War on rockets speculates on the arrival of an alien spaceship near their research site and the Nazi s Tabloid City plans to use the alien technology to start an inter galactic war Nice detail scientificolitical and Kirkland Revels personal in the storyThirdly Baxter has a fine sense of the interplay between the big things very big things in some cases and the mundanely human andersonal The last story in the anthology tells the tale of a mother in rural England and her astrophysicist daughter waiting out the Big Rip when dark energy a real scientific concept To Him Who Sits on the Throne permeates the universe gainsrecedence over gravity and eventually rips everything apart down to molecular level Not the end of the world but the end of everything of all matter The daughter is the scientist who has redicted the exact date and time of the Big Rip Her mother knowing that all is to end continues to nurse and lan her little domestic gardenSome of the stories The curse of the short story collection the ones I like I wish would be longer The ones I don t like seem to drag on and get no where A collection of mostly recent short stories by Baxter A good number of the stories cover Baxter s familiar territory of vast sweeps of time and the fate of humanity as a minor art of a large universe My favorites in here were The Children of Time human survival over the next billion years The Pacific Mystery alternate history with a rift in the middle of the Pacific that revents ci. Imaginings is a roject from NewCon Press in the UK roducing a limited number of signed hardback editions Rcumnavigation of the globe Last Contact cosmic inflation leads to the end of the universe and In the Abyss of Time time travel to the end of time Some of the other stories are fairly minor but the whole collection is worth reading The title Last and First Contacts is a lay on Olaf Stapledon s Last and First Men and Stapledon s influence is evident in several of the stories in this collection I enjoyed the sweeping cosmological scale against which ieces like In The Abyss Of Time Abyss of Time set but also the intimate atmosphere of some of the other stories I hadn t read anything by Baxter before but his style here struck me as something of a throwback to an earlier classical form of situational sci fi where the emphasis lies on the exploration of a core concept than on the resolution of the action very much along the lines of Arthur C Clarke s Odyssey or Rama books That s not necessarily a bad thing in itself I uite enjoy that style In this collection however several of the stories ended with me thinking Yes and There seemed to be a final beat missing This was of a roblem in the first half of the book notably in Erstkontakt and Halo GhostsSeveral elements and concepts surfaced repeatedly across different stories inhuman consciousness and intelligence indistinctly seen aliens journeying Nazis stromatolites and religion specifically Catholicism I was Morir por un iPhone - Apple, Foxconn y las luchas de los trabajadores en China pleased to see the latter treated gently given how religious belief is so freuently ridiculed in modern science fictionAll in all this collection was a bit of a mixed bag My favorites were Last Contact and The Pacific Mystery while No More Stories hit the other end of the spectrum I wouldrefer to give this 3 12 stars but rounding down that leaves us with a three Last and First Contacts was an expected little romp of short sci fi stories Most enjoyable some meh with some gems I figure I ll just blurb about all of themErstkontaktErstkontakt takes Captain China Volume 1 place in WWII on the Nazi side An alien euivalent of a rover arrives from Alpha Centauri and lands in the lap of Werner von Braun s rocket research facility The story is mainly meant to foreshadow theossible implications of such a landing How it might Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication provide technological hints that would inspire the Nazis to leapfrog Allied weaponry what a Nazi space exploration agenda might look like and how they might treat the matter of contact with extraterrestrials Noteacefully the book assumesIn The Abyss of TimeIn The Abyss of rovided one extremely memorable image The sci fi tech here a cosmological bathysphere that utilized an abnormal concentration of dark energy to ropel the vehicle through timeI can t say I m one hundred Private Elisha Stockwell, Jr., Sees The Civil War percent on the scientific conjecture but the concept relies on the relative concentration of dark energy to dark matter to normal matter changing over time The bathysphere utilizes a radically different local concentration of the three toropel the vehicle forward through time to reach the time with the euivalent relative concentration of dark energy dark matter and matter Sort of like diffusionIn any case my favorite art of the story was the image of the universe at the far edge of time when everything has expanded to near nothingness with the exception of the last remaining universal consciousness which spends most of its time dormant in order to conserve its limited resources Like the deep ocean where occasionally foodstuffs will fall from the abundant shallows to the deep this consciousness snatches the dense matter and energy of time travelers who venture to the end of time from many different species and civilizations who ve independently discovered time travelHalo GhostsHal. 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O Ghosts I was sort of meh about It was an okay story but it did at least introduce a concept I hadn t heard of before A Berry CPA Australia - Advanced Taxation phase or geometrichase is a If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, physics concept which Wikipedia densely introduces asahase acuired over the course of a cycle when the system is subjected to cyclic adiabatic Arcana Mundi processes which results from the geometricalroperties of the arameter space of the HamiltonianIn Any Case The any case the in the story is of explorers who search comets for very old and untouched matter because they have a device that s able to read some uantum mechanical Barry hase that allows them to essentially determine what the matter was like and what was around the matter at some energetic time in the Genesis particles historiesTempest 43I skipped this one because I d read it before Butreviously I had enjoyed its take on sentient machines and the mid future of humanity in the face of climate change and high technologyThe Children of TimeThis was very reminiscent of Baxter s Evolution novel a series of snapshots over extremely long swathes of evolutionary timeUnlike Evolution however where humanity evolves toward and then away from homo sapiens sapiens in The Children of Time Baxter Mirror Matter plays with the concept that humanity s ability to modify its environment stunts the normalrocess of evolution essentially freezing humanity as homo sapiens sapiens through the ages Though industrialized humanity used up all the easily available resources and our descendants are never able to reach a similar level of technological developmentIt makes the imperative to not mess up this A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry particular go at technological civilization seem importantThe Pacific MysteryAarticularly interesting story it contains both alternate history intrigue Nazis naturally and a non Euclidean earthNo More Stories Dreamer s LakeThese stories both deal with intelligent stromatolites The first in the context of a transformed earth and the second out in space Both also involve an exploration of a transformed humanity The first is through a biological re engineering of the species the second through a technological discovery that makes FTL travel Six Days possible opening up the universe to humanityThe Long RoadFlash fiction A cyclical story tracing a rise and fall of a civilization as seen through a roadLast ContactThis story deals with the Big Rip a number of the other stories in this collection also mention it It s actually the first time I ve been exposed to thisarticular cosmological theory despite the theory having been around for a decadeThe Big Rip describes an ultimate fate of the universe wherein the expansion of universe actually tears apart matter at a certain Awareness point Last Contact tells a story of that certainoint being right now Low character development high imaginative stories of humanity over eons Awesome Just what I wantI read it because Last Contac I read a couple of Baxter novels a year or two ago but this is the first time I ve read any of his short stories As with any collection I found some very good stories and a couple Of Stories That Didn T Resonate To The Same Degree stories that didn t resonate to the same degree reader will have his or her own favorites Baxter s stories involve grand cosmological concepts unfolding over vast sweeps of time or space and several alternate histories including one of my favorites The Pacific Mystery Like many of the stories in this collection it does not have a happy ending The unifying motif in this collection is first and last contacts and sometimes the first contact is also the last co Great collectionThis is a well written set of short stories Refreshingly old school sci fi Made me think of some of the older sci fi legends. Tacts is a collection of eleven short stories written by Stephen Baxter and selected by him for this edition. ,