Proxima

Proxima

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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...P ROXIMA 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 34mm | 599.99g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575116846
  • 9780575116849
  • 198,323

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Proxima is grown up SF, a masterpiece from a star who shines as bright as any "mainstream" author. -- John Wyatt THE SUN Classic Baxter SFX There's a real beauty and excitement to Baxter's writing STARBURST Baxter acolytes will lap up Proxima SCI FI NOW A fascinating and all too believable examination of how small isolated communities of strangers might survive, or not, in a new alien landscape and of what that new ecosystem might be like. BOOK GEEK Proxima brilliantly juxtaposes the wonder of an uncaring universe with the depiction of humanity's valiant struggle to survive against all the odds. THE GUARDIAN The sense of wonder Baxter effects again and again in the course of exploring the unknown is emblematic of science fiction at its finest. Make no mistake: Proxima is immensely entertaining and eminently accessible science fiction which builds towards a catastrophic, cold war of the worlds conclusion that is both breathtaking and bone-chilling. -- Niall Alexander TOR.COM Once again, Baxter proves himself a master of the epic canvas with alternating narratives, both terrifically imagined and addictively compelling. DAILY MAILshow more

About Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent science fiction writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.show more
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