But the sequence of novels began with RAFT in From there it built into perhaps the most ambitious fictitious universe ever created. Beginning with the rise and fall of sub-quantum civilisations in the first nano-seconds after the Big Bang and ending with the heat death of the universe billions of years from now the series charts the story of mankinds epic war against the ancient and unknowable alien race the Xeelee. Along the way it examines questions of physics, the nature of reality, the evolution of mankind and its possible future.
It looks not just at the morality of war but at the morality of survival and our place in the universe. The books that launched Stephen Baxter's career; the creation of one of the most astonishingly ambitious universes in SF's history: brought together in one astounding volume. Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation.
Born in he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. In the end the massiveness of this cosmological SF nullifies these drawbacks but it puts the book on 4 neutrino stars, and not five. Story wise "Ring" is definitely one of the most interesting hard SF stories I've read so far in my less than cosmological life of 40 years. Feb 24, Omar Rivero rated it it was amazing.
Always compelling reading. From the shock of Raft to the ambition of Ring. They were all excellent stories, with one notable exception for me at least. I found Flux to be a bit of a slog to wade through. I get where he was going. I just wasn't fascinated by the trip. And again, it's probably just me.
So I'm still giving it a solid 5 stars. I started the Xeelee Sequence with Vacuum Diagrams. So I figured this ponderous, yet thoroughly enjoyable tome was the best way to do it. I was right. He ain' Always compelling reading. He ain't heavy, he's my author.
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However, the relatively simple twist on gravity does exercise your brain in trying to visualise the setting and its inhabitants. I felt there was a rather casual use of time travel he may have opened a can of worms with this but we'll see if he holds it together in subsequent stories in the same universe. Seems to overstep itself a little right at the end when dealing with the fate of Michael Poole but again, we'll see. Fantastical setting below the surface of a neutron star but a pre-industrial, human story.
Doesn't help that Baxter uses terms such as wood and Air to convey things that are anything but, simply tugging the reader's imagination back to the ordinary. Complex, broad in scope, drawing in strands from the previous three books. Poole features again as a guiding influence and we get to see a little more of the Xeelee. May 08, Svetlana rated it really liked it.
Hard to rate this omnibus as a whole as it contains 4 very different novels. I liked Ring and Timelike Infinity. Characters do not seem to be too well developed in any of the novels anyway, science is clearly the queen of every story.
This is both good and bad - it makes the novels interesting and unus Hard to rate this omnibus as a whole as it contains 4 very different novels. This is both good and bad - it makes the novels interesting and unusual but also at times really difficult to read. Will explore the author again for the interesting universe and cool ideas. Jan 05, Matti Tornio rated it did not like it. The scale may be epic and the stories grand, but this omnibus didn't really work for me.
The quality of the books is also quite uneven, with Timelike Infinity being the weakest of the lot by far.
The books also suffer from poorly written characters and rather boring writing style. The science is for the most part solid and there are some interesting ideas with the technol The scale may be epic and the stories grand, but this omnibus didn't really work for me. The science is for the most part solid and there are some interesting ideas with the technology, but overall it's just not enough to carry the otherwise weak stories.
Sep 17, Huw Evans rated it did not like it Shelves: scifi.
There are a few more books in the full Xeelee Sequence beside these four volumes but these should be enough for newcomers to the series to be getting on with. The story anthologies Vacuum Diagrams , Resplendent , and Xeelee: Endurance each contain stories taking place across the entire chronology. It had some good world building and concepts. They're not interested at all in changing history. I get where he was going.
My literary hero is Terry Pratchett. When I heard that he was collaborating with Stephen Baxter, of whom I had never heard in spite of his prolific output, I had to read something by him.
I read the whole omnibsu dutifully and, at the end, thought "And then what? There are one or two nice conceits in the individual stories but I could not engage with either the characters or the situations. If anything a found it rather facile and very disappointing.
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Aug 29, Deborah rated it liked it. Raft; interesting but difficult to get through, I kept setting it aside to read other things. It was like reading a fever-induced dream, with humanity surviving on a metal raft in a dying nebula with flying trees and huge space whales. Very odd.
Timelike Infinity; I liked this one and managed to read it during the course of one day so it definately kept my attention better. Flux; oh dear, I gave up on Flux. I very rarely give up on a book but after a month of trying I admitted defeat. Ring; this Raft; interesting but difficult to get through, I kept setting it aside to read other things. Ring; this one was fantastic and I read it in 2 days. Jul 02, Tommy rated it really liked it Shelves: sf. Took me a while to work through this as there was a lot going on.
Once I got into the sequence, and realised what was going on I was a bit dim to be honest , it really kicked off. I'm now into the Destiny's Child series, which runs with the same themes and timeline. This is classic Hard SF - real old school, but with some proper science and real characters. Hooray, it's over! Here's the very short version: Raft: 3 stars Timelike Infinity: 2 stars Flux: 4 stars Ring: 3 stars So 3 stars overall. Would have liked the end of Ring much better if it had led directly into Raft, which would have been amazing, but alas, we only get a brief tease of the possibility.
I did really enjoy Flux, which deserves mention for having stuff so odd I couldn't actually visualise it, which basically never happens with me. Maybe I need to read more sci-fi. Definitely a must-read for most scifi fans.
For a set of works celebrated for their intertwined nature I felt this was kind of a letdown. Thankfully that's my only real complaint! Apr 06, Misanthropist rated it really liked it.