Proxima

Proxima 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 stel

  • Title: Proxima
  • Author: Stephen Baxter
  • ISBN: 9780575116863
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 gThe 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 compact universe was full of lightThe 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 outProxima 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.

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    • Proxima : Stephen Baxter
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    About " Stephen Baxter "

  • Stephen Baxter

    Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge mathematics and Southampton Universities doctorate in aeroengineering research Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold Time His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the Year he also won the John W Campbell Award and the Philip K Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships He is currently working on his next novel, a collaboration with Sir Arthur C Clarke Mr Baxter lives in Prestwood, England.

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  • I kinda dropped off the Stephen Baxter map for a good decade while he was writing about things that were mostly on the earth or in the far past, but before then, I was a die hard fan. Sure, I was always mildly or slightly more annoyed with the characters sometimes for various reasons usually regarding subtlety, but when it came to any portion of the universe he was making, I was always enraptured like all the best captive audiences alive.No, this isn't a galaxy-wide naked singularity allowing eg [...]


  • I wasn't quite sure how to rate this book for a while because, while there were parts of it I really enjoyed, other parts well, not so much. What I likedThe world-building that we see on the planet of Per Ardua is outstanding, it all feels very real and utterly alien particularly the alien life forms that we encounter here. The life cycles of the "Builders" and the other alien lifeforms are very well thought out. The planet itself is a pretty unique way of looking at a world which always keeps t [...]


  • You know, I just can't seem to find hard scifi that really speaks to me.I had high hopes for Proxima: interesting premise and an ex-engineer author with a history of collaborating with Terry Pratchett? Count me in.But the book just wasn't for me. I honestly didn't plan on reviewing it because I just don't feel strongly enough about it to want to write about it, and it was so incredibly memorable that a few weeks after I read it, I'm struggling to remember the plot. The book itself is long, and t [...]


  • I have had the shelf in named “abandoned” for some time, but never used it. Instead I simply deleted a book (or author) I did not particularly like. But Stephen Baxter’s novel Proxima has driven me to finally embrace this shelf so I can comment on books that irritate or simply annoy me. Proxima fits in that category with a vengeance. When I entered Proxima in and checked the list of books by SB, I remembered before joining GR, I had read both Flood and Ark. I also remembered that I had b [...]


  • This novel has a lot going for itself and while it does not fully succeed in its ambitious goal of integrating three classic but usually disparate sfnal storylines, so being overall less the sum of its parts, the parts themselves attain true magnificence on occasion adn the book is worth reading for sure; not to speak of the sequel (Ultima) that the sort-of cliffhanger ending requiresAs others noted the blurb is quite inaccurate (even the name of the main human character is wrong as he is known [...]


  • It's ok. I'd probably like it better if it wasn't the start of a trilogy. I might read the second book, Ultima, whenever they bother publishing it in America. Parts of it I liked, and parts of it I was bored by. It's not exactly the wild sf I was expecting. There are hints of it. The end is definitely eventful. Maybe the wild stuff comes in the second book.By the way, there is NO mention of this stuff in the first book: "ere is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose though [...]


  • I’m a fan of Stephen’s books, but if I’m honest, recently I’ve not kept up. Which is why I’m reading this one about a year after its first release (although the paperback is now imminent, due October 2014).I’m pleased to see that we’re back to big Epic themes here, although you may be surprised at the start. For Proxima is not your typical ‘outwards to the stars’ novel, in fact, often the opposite.From the book: The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf s [...]


  • Goddammit, Stephen Baxter, I'm trying! I've been trying to like you since I read an early book and thought the characters were so cardboard I couldn't get through it. (No idea what book that is now.) I enjoyed the first book you and Terry Pratchett wrote together. I mean, we share a last name. Arbitrarily, that feels like it should mean something.Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the me [...]


  • Where to begin? I started reading Baxters works about two years ago, and have since come to terms with that he is somewhat uneven in his writing. Some stories are among the best sci fi I've read, some stories are significantly less sharp. Unfortunately the recently published Proxima will have to be filed among the latter.It's a strange book in many ways. To me it apparently consists of several different storylines that - even if Baxter actually tie them together - don't really belong in the same [...]


  • I have big problems with all the major characters, but this novel deserves 5 stars because of the world-building, the science, the fascinating Solar System, the strangeness of a fully developed alien world, the question regarding our own evolution and the ever curios robot.


  • Hard SF novel of first contact and intrasolar war. After a rather slow start, this book picks up about a third of the way in as the science fictional elements take over the narrative and the sense of wonder ramps up a couple orders. The setting is about a century in the future when man has established settlements in Mars, Mercury, the moon, asteroid belt, Jovian moons. Alien artifacts mined in Mercury power large hulk ships for transport across solar distances. A colony is established in Proxima [...]


  • Baxter does what Baxter does best: phenomenal world-building using paper-thin characters and pacy interleaved stories, each ending with a cliffhanger so you CANNOT STOP READING. I just can't say enough about the world-building. What a fantastic, fleshed-out future, complete with history which *isn't* the usual 20th-century references but instead a proper backstory of post-climate change collapse which informs every character's politics and prejudices throughout. The worlds, the tech, the "too-co [...]


  • Genuinely dreadful. The first few chapters were reasonably engaging but then it degenerated into a mire of clumsy exposition and lengthy descriptions; ultimately even the premise was irritating.It's a pity as 'Yuri' was a likeable and engaging character and the author certainly has a detailed imagination - he just needs to learn how to wield it more delicately than a sledge-hammer.Unless you're terminally, terminally bored, don't read this turgid nonsense, it really would be put to better use as [...]


  • I seem to remember reading some or all of Stephen Baxter’s Manifold books when I was much younger. Those also involved a future sentience/intelligence at the end of the universe reaching back in the history of the universe to alter events through weird, inexplicable phenomena. So I guess this is a thing for him. Proxima starts its life as a straightforward tale of enforced penal colonization of another planet before gradually sprawling into a parallel tale of solar system politics before event [...]


  • This was supposed to be an epic book, spanning vast distances and about a century. This is spoiled by the author's inability to sustain more than a few characters with detail, so we follow those characters from very early age to being old and grey. They somehow never develop, change, retire, or become replaced by other people. The same guy calls the shots in the Solar System from the start of the book till the end. Reading through the plot holes is painful. I really want to read a good colonizat [...]


  • I'd first been introduced to Stephen Baxter via his aeon-spanning widescreen-IMAX Manifold trilogy, and Proxima is a sort of return to that kind of big-canvas science fiction. Spanning decades, rather than millennia, there is nonetheless time for characters introduced early on in the story as children to become major players in themselves, and for the movers and shakers of one generation to grow old and die, or else fade away into the background.It tells three – or perhaps four – stories, in [...]


  • I would have given this more but yet again the old Baxter pessimism kicks in three-quarters of the way through a very interesting story and MASSIVE SPOILERS ALERTS.YOU WERE WARNED!!!!THE ENTIRE WORLD IS DESTROYED!!!! YOU FOOLS, YOU DID IT, YOU FINALLY DID IT!!!!Ugh, I love Baxter, I do, I've read pretty much everything, up until Flood/Ark and then I stopped, partly because the stone age books didn't interest me but mainly because I just couldn't stomach the relentless hammering home of the messa [...]


  • 3 starsThis book is a mixed bag for me. It starts strong and has a great deal of fun science fiction concepts, space travel, and alien lifeforms. It has your typical mixed cast of people both good and bad. Baxter brings to life the life forms on Proxima C. and makes it into the highlight of this book. I never really bonded with any of the characters and had a hard time staying focused. At the 70% mark in the book, things get very political and doom and gloom to a point that I lost interest.


  • "Proxima" is an epic story. Yet well paced, using simple language to explain complex science, much like an Arthur C. Clarke novel (who Mr. Baxter is often compared to, as he should be, considering he has collaborated with Sir Clarke on occasion), "Proxima" is a bit geeky and 'info-dumpy' at times, but personally, I like that sort of thing. There are great characters and situations in this novel, and I enjoyed it very much.Looking forward to the sequel.


  • The book covers the story of a group of former convicts stranded on a planet orbiting Proxima by the government and forced by the government start a colony. This was a mixed bag of typical Baxter quirks. Great world building, but random, distracting info-dumps. Interesting characters, but it's mostly all head and little heart. I expect these from a Baxter novel. I enjoy reading him, I just wish sometimes he'd go off formula a bit more.


  • Baidos, ka, izlasot šo grāmatu, es esmu papildinājis savu iesākto un noteikti izlasāmo grāmatu sēriju sarakstu par vēl vienu ierakstu bagātāku. Šo grāmatu man amazone rekomendēja ilgi un uzstājīgi. Taču es turējos pretī. Līdz brīdim, kad iznāca sērijas otrā grāmata Ultima, tad es padevos un sāku lasīt. Galu galā, ja jau diloģija ir visa iznākusi, tad kādēļ man bremzēt?Esiet sveicināti divdesmit septītajā gadsimtā. Pasaule ir virzījusies uz priekšu milzu so [...]


  • This is some damn fine science fiction. It ticked all the right boxes for me for what I consider to make essential sci-fi reading. So much so that it's one of those reviews where I get to list all the good things, without having to worry about the negative. A rare please :-)For me science fiction is at it's best when tackling big questions, or for tight character led stories, and we are fortunate in having both here. There are a few big issues being tackled here, such as how humanity tackles res [...]


  • When most sci-fi authors write about aliens they think how evolved their brains and how advanced their civilization might be and that they probably want to kill us and take over our planet. Stephen Baxter in his novel Proxima shows the most possible form that extraterrestrial life could take: not creatures that look like humans but with weird eyebrows and pointy ears using only their logic, but animals like those on earth, with strong instict, adapted to their own ecosystem. This scientifically [...]


  • die bücher von stephen baxter (auch die schwächeren, wie etwa "flux") sind immer eine reise in die grenzen der imagination.das erstaunliche daran ist, dass dabei wissenschaftliche tatsachen auf derart phantastische weise extrapoliert und als grundlage für ideen herangezogen werden, dass im untergrund der narrativen struktur fast etwas poetisches aufschimmert, das ich in keiner anderen SF je so gelesen habecher, baxter hat seine schwächen: die menschen, die er auftreten lässt, werden nüchte [...]


  • (Audiobook) I am a Baxter fan but this is a giant POS. A common criticism of Baxter is that he can't write characters. I normally don't care because Baxter's UNIVERSE is usually the strongest character. This universe is as drab, bleak and miserable as the loathsome characters he has filled it with. The plot is stupid and poorly researched. Penal colony on a new world, better fill it up with Australians! The Aboriginal character describes herself as "full blooded" when the very idea is highly off [...]


  • Not sure what I was expecting this to be like – the publicity suggested I might like it… but I found it more like Exultant than Coalescent. In other words, I thought it juvenile and thick with indigestible lumps of exposition; and while there was plenty of invention on display, no single idea was neat enough to make the book stand out. Criminals are transported to an inhabitable exoplanet in the titular star system, and what a surprise they prove completely unsuitable as pioneer colonist mat [...]


  • how is it that someone who likes science fiction as much as I do has never read Stephen Baxter?! I am loving this book and -at about 2/3's of the way in - I cannot wait to see how he pulls the two threads together and ends this story. it is seriously the best hard sci fi I have read in a long time. for lovers of hard -but still accessible- sci fi, Proxima is for you! my only complaint is that -when I picked it up- I didn't realize it was the first in a series. of course if i had checked in with [...]


  • I love Baxter's ability to express big ideas in his work. Vacuum diagrams, a collection of stories about humans and their relationship with other more advanced species in the galaxy is still one of my all time favorite hard SF novels. Baxter is also known for relatively poor character development. In this novel, he seems to have made a greater effort on his characters which I appreciated. Baxter often pokes fun at himself. For example, a main character is often bored with the science expositions [...]


  • Lost meets Stargate.I once fell for a story involving a mysterious hatch, now I know better. (Yes, I'm still bitter.)Proxima is halfway between hard science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson, and space opera, Peter F. Hamilton.It's entertaining but despite the cliffhanger at the end I'm not very tempted to continue with Ultima.3,5 stars


  • Without doubt, my favourite book of 2013 so far and a novel that I will treasure and re-read. It has left me with so much to think about. A masterpiece that is also never less than accessible. I'm overwhelmed!


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