In the millennium's last great sf novel, Stephen Baxter takes us a short step byond Y2K.
The year is 2010. We have survived ...so far. Cornelius Taine of Eschatology, Inc., mathematical genius, predicts that in just 200 years our species will be wiped out.
Even evacuation from Earth will not save us from extinction.
Reid Malenfant, entrepreneur, has Big Dumb Boosters ready to fly from the California desert, to be piloted by an enhanced squid named Sheena 5.
When Taine offers Malenfant the ultimate dream of saving the species, Sheena's mission is diverted to investigate Earth's recently discovered - and very remote - second moon.
What Sheena 5 discovers there is nothing less than a revelation: the secret reason for our existence visible at last beneath the rippled surface of Time's river.
Malenfant and Taine must follow Sheena...but they are pursued by an enraged US Air and Space Force, and a mighty battle in space may cut short their hopes for the ultimate transformation of mankind.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 07/08/2000
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780006511823
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Review by john257hopper
Wasn't very keen on this one. The initial premise, of future human beings sending a message back to the present day to warn them of catastrophe, is interesting, if hardly original. But the novel was stuffed full of technical stuff which slowed down reading and was saddled with an unlikeable central male character. Developments, technological and plotwise, seemed to happen with unrealistic rapidity. Not a satisfying experience for me and I was quite relieved to finish it.
Review by chrisbee
My first book by Stephen Baxter. Could be formulaic; not sure. Need to read the others I bought. Had trouble with it - just too much happening, too many enormous ideas (made them almost trivial), and some bad clashes with reality, eg hole in a spacesuit which doesn't kill people...