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Filling in the gaps on Baxter's ambitious, almost audacious, 10-million-year timeline called the "Xeelee Sequence," Vacuum Diagrams is a collection of revised, previously published short stories that bridges together his popular novels set in this same "future history"--Raft, Timelike Infinity, Flux, and Ring. Baxter's universe is rotten with life, from strange tree-stump-like creatures with superfluid ice skeletons to dark matter "birds" to sentient beings composed of pure mathematics. And Baxter's reverence for life's beauty, for its voracious robustness, is hard to resist--especially when it comes to humanity and its tentative, eager rise. The cycling timeline follows humans as they come into their own as a star-faring race, from their first sporadic steps to their near dominance of the universe and beyond.
Vacuum Diagrams is a great introduction to Baxter for those unfamiliar with him and a good primer for the other "Xeelee Sequence" novels. If you already love Baxter or the other novels in the sequence, Vacuum Diagrams is certainly a safe bet. Besides, any book that sends you scurrying quizzically after your college physics text deserves a closer look. Check it out. --Paul Hughes -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
It was absolutely unbelievable. Baxter had me convinced that it actually happened. This man's storytelling ability is unparalled. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. Oktober 1999 von Amazon Customer
Great collection of hard-SF. Baxters ties his immense series together in an effective way, although some of the stories do drag on a bit. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 10. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
This book was incredible. It's amamzing how he has tied in an entire history of our species for that span of time. It's one of the best books I've ever read by far.Am 29. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht