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    DescriptionStretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial Earth to the stars, "Evolution" is a soaring symphony of struggle, extinction, and survival; a dazzling epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand drama of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous beauty. Sixty-five million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, there lived a small mammal, a proto-primate of the species "Purgatorius." From this humble beginning, Baxter traces the human lineage forward through time. The adventure that unfolds is a gripping odyssey governed by chance and competition, a perilous journey to an uncertain destination along a route beset by sudden and catastrophic upheavals. It is a route that ends, for most species, in stagnation or extinction. Why should humanity escape this fate?


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    Title
    Evolution
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Baxter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 645
    Width: 108 mm
    Height: 177 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 313 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345457837
    ISBN 10: 0345457838
    Classifications

    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: MMP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21300
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 80
    Ingram Subject Code: FS
    Libri: I-FS
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 720
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC028000, FIC028020
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    RANDOM HOUSE
    Imprint name
    Del Rey Books
    Publication date
    03 February 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    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 coauthor (with Sir Arthur C. Clarke) of Time’s Eye, the first of two SF novels linked to Clarke’s bestselling Space Odyssey series.
    Review quote
    "Spectacular . . . What is astonishing is how . . . entertaining as well as informative this book--an episodic novel with evolution as its protagonist--manages to be.""--The New York Times Book Review""MAGISTERIAL AND UPLIFTING . . . A brilliant, grand-scale sampling of sixty-five million years of human evolution . . . It shows the sweep and grandeur of life in its unrelenting course.""--The Denver Post""Strong imagination, a capacity for awe, and the ability to think rigorously about vast and final things abound in the work of Stephen Baxter. . . . ["Evolution"] leaves the reader with a haunting portrayal of the distant future.""--Times Literary Supplement""A BREATH OF FRESH AIR . . . The miracle of "Evolution" is that it makes the triumph of life, which is its story, sound like the real story.""--The Washington Post Book World""A work of outrageous ambition. Baxter's goal is nothing less than to dramatize the grand sweep of primate development. . . . "Evolution" is a cautionary tale, warning of the dire consequences to contemporary humans if we persist in behavior that threatens the survival of our ecosystem.""--The New York Times Book Review""Baxter's depictions are brilliant, with some inspired conjectures to spice up events. . . . I highly recommend "Evolution." . . . [It] provide[s] food for thought, confronts our notions of what it means to be human, and gives warning that nothing can be taken for granted in the ongoing struggle for survival.""--scifi dimensions""Baxter chronicles the epic survival of the mammalian family that ultimately ended up with us. . . . The sheer timescale makes a great story that is panoramic in extent. I felt I was watching "Walking with Beasts" rolled into "The Human Journey." Baxter's ability to turn science into exciting and readable fiction makes him one of the most accessible SF writers around."--"The Times" (London)"The overall narrative [is] a big, thick, geophysical stick upside the head to remind us all that things can chan
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    Stretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial Earth to the stars, "Evolution is a soaring symphony of struggle, extinction, and survival; a dazzling epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand drama of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous beauty. Sixty-five million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, there lived a small mammal, a proto-primate of the species "Purgatorius. From this humble beginning, Baxter traces the human lineage forward through time. The adventure that unfolds is a gripping odyssey governed by chance and competition, a perilous journey to an uncertain destination along a route beset by sudden and catastrophic upheavals. It is a route that ends, for most species, in stagnation or extinction. Why should humanity escape this fate?