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Proxima (English Edition)

Proxima (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Baxter
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Baxter's specialty is hard hard SF (and he's very good at it)...we're sufficiently hooked to want to come back for more. Classic Baxter. -- Guy Haley SFX MAGAZINE Once again, Baxter proves himself a master of the epic canvas with alternating narratives, both terrifically imagined and addictively compelling. -- Harry Ritchie Daily Mail 20131003 A seriously impressive read. Simply magnificent. -- Antony SF Books 20131108 Poxima brillaintly juxtaposes the wonder of an uncaring universe with the depiction of humanities viliant struggle to survive against all odds -- Eric Brown The Guardian 20130921


The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...

The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun - and (in this fiction), the nearest to host a world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. But Proxima IV is unlike Earth in many ways. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, it keeps one face to its parent star at all times. The 'substellar point', with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the 'antistellar point' on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world?

Needle ships fall from Proxima IV's sky. Yuri Jones, with 1000 others, is about to find out...

Proxima tells the amazing tale of how we colonise a harsh new eden, and the secret we find there that will change our role in the Universe for ever.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 685 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gollancz (19. September 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00E0JYS8M
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Ich würde es nicht weiterempfehlen. 17. März 2014
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Das Buch beginnt spannend mit einer tollen Idee und einem spannendem Character.

Den Test des Buches sieht man nicht mehr viel von diesem Handlungsstrang. Die restlichen Charactere sind Stereotypen, mit immer gleichen und primitiven Entscheidungsstrukturen, Dieses immer gleiche und vorhersehbare Verhalten ist langweilig.

Aufgelockert wird die Handlung durch spannende Konzepte, die aber nicht zu einem wirklichen Ergebniss führen.

Am Ende des Buches taucht der Anfangscharacter wieder auf und wird dann gefühlt mit einer Buchseite zum Abschluss gebracht.
Hätte ich das vorher gewusst, würde ich das Buch nicht gekauft haben.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Baxter's "best of" in a new storyline 21. September 2013
Von Spamalot
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I admit I'm at 53% with my Kindle-edition, but I think my review would look much the same when I've finished the book.

Being a fan of Baxter I've read many of his works (though not all), and reading Proxima I was reminded of several ideas, if not key ideas, that were recycled in this story. Be it a notion on vegetaion layers from Evolution, social structuring from Ark, the properties of the planet at hand also from Ark, ship design from Ark, artificial intelligences from Sunstorm (and The Long Earth), time-spacial anomalies and alternative histories from A Time Oddyssey and probably a lot more that I didn't catch on to... well, all of that makes this an interesting story, yet at times I felt like I was thrown into those other stories. For a farily new reader of Baxter this might not matter, but for readers of his other books, especially those with a hang to remember the details, this might be a bit of an annoyance at times. Hence the four stars, instead of five.

Nonetheless I'm entertained, and judging by earlier reviews on the plot I probably won't be disappointed. On a side-note I would like to highlight that having a lot of ideas in a sci-fi book is not a bad idea per se, but with this one, Baxter is on the fringe of overdoing it, blocking the way for the really new stuff. As the title says, this is kind of a best-of.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing new here 8. Februar 2014
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Elements of Asimov and Heinlein mixed together to make a story with nothing really new in it.
I haven't finished reading all the book because, quite honestly, I found the quality of writing abysmal. I know that Stephen Baxter can do a lot better than this. I can only guess that the book was rushed into publishing before before being properly edited or proofread.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A few flawed concepts, yet fun with big ideas 25. September 2013
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In general this was an entertaining book. I must say that I find the setting of frontier life on an alien planet appealing. Coyote is another such book series (but lighter in feel).

Many big ideas abound in this book, not only about alien life forms, but also about future politics and AIs.It makes for entertaining reading for most SF fans.

But, there were a few internal inconsistencies that I cannot completely overlook (these are details, no real spoilers):

- People can be frozen for a long time (there is an interesting sub plot there about Yuri's background); so why not keep the colonists frozen during the long interstellar flight? Of course the story progresses in the colonisation ship but it doesn't seem logical.

- The selection of the colonists is not believable. When you realise that there are more than 100.000 signatures for volunteers to colonise Mars, then the way it works in the book does not seem realistic.

- When you're going for the effort of colonising a planet in a different solar system, I'd expect that you'd use all help that technology can provide you with. In the book, the colonists do have some very high tech help, but in general they are more like a stranded group of Amish. That doesn't seem realistic at all.

Now these observations should not keep you from reading Proxima. It is entertaining and often thought-provoking - I was especially fond about the parts with the AIs.

Unfortunately it is the first of a set of two books. This means a long wait before I can read the conclusion.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Inspired moments but disappointing 8. Dezember 2013
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Stephen King style he gave us a decent narrative but he could not unite the threads. Great vision sure. Do not put it on paper if you have not thought it through please. Please just delay the release a couple of months. You are damaging your brand Mr. Baxter. I own almost everything you you have published in the U.S. including short story collections. From a fan please I would rather see a great book every 3 years than this.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Too many stories, rushed and impersonal 2. November 2013
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This book started well enough and I enjoyed the story about abandoned colonists on an distant planet. Yuri Eden grew as a character and was slowly developing as the central point. All novels require someone you care about. But the earth based story arc was tedious, sketchy and, frankly, boring. I began to flick thru pages more and more. Without spoiling the plot, lets just say that it all ends rather badly. But by the end, I could not have cared less. Some promising ideas had been reduced to a slush.
I cared about the ColU too. This guy was smart, inquisitive, genuinely empathetic. Rather too little was made of him in the closing pages.
Overall, I would not recommend this book. It needs a serious edit, to shorten it down considerably.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I can't wait for the sequel 21. September 2013
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A nice science fiction yarn from Baxter - interplanetary colonisation and exploration with sides of intrigue back in the Solar System and alien mysteries. Ends with three or four mysteries in play and a mind-blowing cliffhanger.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I can't wait for the sequel! 10. Februar 2014
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I can understand the criticisms leveled by other readers, but they didn't bother me. Perhaps on a second read I'll be more analytical, but last night and this morning, I had to finish this remarkable story to see what happened next.

Yes, some of the characters are unlovable, but I enjoyed some of the others, particularly the ag robot, ColU, meant to have a 25-year service life and to help the colonists by teaching them to farm, developing earth-type soils, helping them with all manner of knowledge.

"Proxima" is a distant star, with a presumably habitable fourth planet, and it is used as both a Gulag and an experimental colony. Without sufficient investigation, 1000 colonists are dumped into various locations with the expectation that, with no support, they will form viable human social groups and survive. Some of these colonists are political prisoners, some regular criminals, and at the last moment, when death loss occurs, the colony ship crew will be drafted to fill in minimum numbers per community drop.

Each group has been chosen for genetic diversity, and it's expected that they'll interbreed heavily, as there are only ten people per group. With ultimate incest as an apparent goal, each group has to settle the pecking order and determine their social behaviors. The strongest people in each cluster will take over, and if there is a disparity in the man-woman ratio, they will assure themselves of first pick. The groups are settled in wide dispersal, without particular concern for the suitability of each spot, especially with regard to the availability of water. An ag robot accompanies each community.

Their new home proves to have a rich ecology of creatures, from a type of fish to strange beings that are dubbed builders, who seem to spend all their time harvesting reeds from the wetlands and creating various constructions. They are thought to be dumb animals at first, but demonstrate later that they can actually communicate to a degree.

Each colony is expected to stay put and make a life right there. It turns out that the builders are able to channel waterways and move the local lake at their own whim, meaning that the colony has to move or else. The colony featured in most of the book goes through a dramatic series of changes as they begin developing their new home, and some become psychotic. Murder quickly comes to all the colonies, cutting the population still more.

Yuri Eden is a political prisoner, paying for the crimes of his parents, not his own, and he is taken from a Mars dome prison camp to live in this new colony. Mardina is one of the ship crew, and she finds herself dragooned into abandonment on this barren planet, expected to be a baby factory for her entire life. When she and Yuri are the only remaining survivors of their little encampment, this becomes a significant ethical question. As nomads, they move frequently to follow the water, and at last, come across other survivors. These social communities are more Lord of the Flies than a new Eden.

This is a complex story taking place on multiple planets, and a surprising connection appears between Mercury and Proxima IV. Life on Earth takes a surprising series of turns as well, with a galactic war being launched between the Chinese and the UN nations on multiple fronts.

Stephen Baxter has written some of my favorite books, such as "Moonseed" and "Titan," and this one joins them as a new favorite.
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