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Last and First Contacts (Imaginings Book 2) (English Edition)

Last and First Contacts (Imaginings Book 2) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Baxter
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Stephen Baxter is one of preeminent science fiction writers of the current age. This collection showcases his work at its best. Last and First Contacts features ten exceptional stories personally selected by the author, none of which have been collected before and one of which, “Erstkontakt”, is brand new, having been written especially for this book. Also included is “Last Contact”, which was shortlisted for the Hugo Award.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 302 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 149 Seiten
  • Verlag: NewCon Press; Auflage: 1st (25. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007XUU29O
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht unbedingt eines seiner Meisterwerke. 5. Juni 2014
Von Ralf Schmidt TOP 1000 REZENSENT
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Wer die Baxter Romane kennt weiß zu was für Gedankensprüngen und epischen Handlungssträngen er fähig ist.
Die Sammlung hier ist eher ein Versuch retrospektiv "old school SciFi" zu schreiben.
Das Ergebnis ist unterhaltsam, lesbar - mehr nicht.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very nice! 13. Mai 2013
Von Spamalot
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Truly awesome stories, a very good read! a thoughtful combination od compelling short stories that kept me entertained longer than most books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Last and First impressions. 3. Februar 2013
Von D. Worsley - Veröffentlicht auf
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I read this collection soon after reading Clarke's Childhood's End, which like Baxter's Child of Time (collected here) looks at the fate of humanity and how mankind will whether the ages. One basically says we're doomed, that evolution and surviving, the universe doesn't favour humanity, the other that while our civilisation will fade the innate spirit of man, creativity, curiosity and family will keep us alive and thriving as as species. One pessimistic the other optimistic. Both made me think, which is the sign of a good science fiction story, both left an impression on me but Child of Time left me full of hope while I was just depressed after Childhood's End.

Baxter's other stories range from a suspenseful (almost Lovecraftian) story of the first exploration of the Pacific Ocean from a world where it was never explored until after a very different second World War to how Warnee Von Braun would react to a UFO landing outside of Penemunda during WW2 to a peek into a pair of worlds post-technological singularity. One where man and machine and information have become one and another where the very nature of life is questioned after the discovery of the same type of single-celled organisms across the universe.

I'd call this a must read, but it's really a "only read this if you're willing to chew over ideas found in a short story" read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dark and hard science fiction 30. September 2012
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A great collection, very dark in nature but fully worth reading. This was my first contact with the author and now I'm moving on to his novels.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Typical Stephen Baxter 12. September 2012
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Another collection of excellent short stories by one of the best hard science fiction authors around. The e-book is very affordable, and you certainly won't be disappointed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Best of Science Fiction 14. Mai 2013
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I love science fiction because I love the journey of imagination into the human species' possible futures. And, for reasons I'm not totally sure of, Stephen Baxter is one of my favourite sci-fi writers...correct that...he is the only sci-fi author I read these days.

Surely all of us are fascinated by the future and by the big scientific and political questions and challenges that humankind will face as we trace the contours of our past and present and try to imagine them into our future. The biggest question 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 politically and economically? Will, as Baxter suggests in one of the short stories in this collection, space exploration be led and conducted by the private sector? Will there still be a private sector?

Perhaps I enjoy Baxter's writing so much for three reasons.

Firstly, as Ian Whates points out in his introduction to this collection of Baxter's short stories, Baxter knows his scientific stuff, so his imaginings of the future are based on seemingly profound knowledge of present-day science and where it may be leading us - so much so, in fact, that I often struggle to understand some of the science.

Secondly, 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 plans to use the alien technology to start an inter-galactic war. Nice detail - scientific, political and personal - in the story.

Thirdly, Baxter has a fine sense of the interplay between the big things (very big things in some cases) and the mundanely human and personal. 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) permeates the universe, gains precedence 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 predicted the exact date and time of the Big Rip. Her mother, knowing that all is to end, continues to nurse and plan her little domestic garden.

Some of the stories in this collection are not so good - a little bland, mundane and perhaps hastily put together. But there are mainly gems.

The only problem I have with Stephen Baxter is that he has not written enough works to satiate my appetite for good, thoughtful, realistic and imaginative science fiction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Short but Deep 25. April 2014
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This is a terrific collection of short stories by Baxter that I had never read before (though I gather some of them have appeared in other anthologies). They are typical Baxter: vast in scope, somewhat pessimistic, and preoccupied with man's ultimate destiny in a universe full of unknowns. Each of the stories in this collection stands alone, and is not part of any of Baxter's other literary universes (e.g. Xeelee, Manifold, Flood, etc.). No one has ever accused Baxter of having his finger on the pulse of human emotion, but these stories feel more personal than his usual work. Almost all of them are seen through the eyes of an individual experiencing the cosmological vastness of the universe in one strange way or another. Most of the stories are quite sad, or melancholic, but have a tiny sliver of hope buried in them; I see this as Baxter's overarching view of existence, and I find I can't disagree with it.

My favorite stories were "Children of Time," "Last Contact," and "The Pacific Mystery." I highly recommend this collection for fans of Baxter. If you're new to him, it's also probably a great place to start to get a taste of how wide he casts his imaginative gaze without getting into the immense commitment of his Xeelee cycle (though, if you like what you read here, you owe it to yourself to read that too). Overall an excellent buy at $5; I sometimes think I like Baxter's short fiction more than his longform, and that's saying something.
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