The Long Earth Series by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter on The Long Earth
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The "Long Earth" is a possibly infinite series of parallel worlds that are similar to Earth, which can be reached by using an inexpensive device called a "Stepper". The "close" worlds are almost identical to "our" Earth referred to as "Datum Earth" , others differ in greater and greater details, but all share one similarity: on none are there, or have there ever been, Homo sapiens — although the same cannot be said of earlier hominid species, especially Homo habilis. The two chart a course to learn as much as possible about the parallel worlds, travelling millions of steps away from the original Earth. They encounter evidence of other humanoid species referred to as trolls and elves ; of human settlers who learned their gifts early — including Sally Linsay, daughter of the inventor of the stepper, who joins them on their expedition; and of an extinct race of bipedal dinosaur descendants. They also encounter warning signs of a great danger, millions of worlds away from "our" Earth, causing catastrophe as it moves.
An award-winning 'hard-science-fiction' writer, Baxter left in picture focuses on plausible alternate realities in his work, from Mars mission tale 'Voyage' to climate-change novel 'Flood'. He lives in Northumberland. I'd read Terry's science-fiction novels from the early s, in particular Strata, which stuck in my mind. It was about an artificial planet, like a sci-fi vision of Discworld, full of jokes and humour, while having something deep to say about the nature of reality. I was never particularly a fan of the fantasy genre, but having read his science-fiction I followed his early Discworld novels, such as The Colour of Magic.
The Long Earth is a collaborative science fiction work by British authors Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Both authors signed contracts for a total of 5 books .
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Published Monday, August 12, For science-fiction aficionados the collaboration of Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter on a series of novels based on the multiverse is a dream come true. Science fiction and real-earth technology seem to be fundamentally intertwined. For at least two centuries writers have speculated on what the world would be like if scientific advancements, seemingly beyond the reach of current technological thinking, came into being. From Frankenstein's monster to the space-pioneering novels of the midth century, the best visions of the future, it seems, have been from the pens of writers capable of blending the creative imagination with a plausible understanding of where technology might lead us. There are few sci-fi novelists of the status of either Sir Terry Pratchett or Stephen Baxter who set as much stock by the scientific credibility of their work. Both British, both are established leaders in their fields, with Sir Terry - who is best known for his 'Discworld' fantasy novel sequence - one of the highest-selling and best-loved UK authors of his generation.
Please refresh the page and retry. I t is impossible to read The Long Cosmos without a pang of melancholy. The Long Cosmos is the final instalment of the five-part Long Earth epic, co-written with sci-fi veteran Stephen Baxter. A lthough the familiar protagonists have reached their late sixties, the atmosphere is still one of childlike wonder. L ike many travellers of the Long Earth, Joshua is a fan of "ancient" sci-fi films.
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