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Stephen Baxter

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Book Details

Publisher : Voyager

Published : 2000

Copyright : Stephen Baxtor 1999

ISBN-10 : PB 0-00-651182-1
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-00-651182-3

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This is the Carter Prophecy and it is irrefutable, expressed in the universal language of numbers. But what if there is still a way to survive the catastrophe?

When a coded message from the future turns up amid the cosmic background noise of the big bang, Reid Malenfant, NASA drop-out turned entrepreneur, diverts his entire space enterprise to find out what it means. The message gives the coordinates of the asteroid Cruithne, Earth's remote second moon - nobody knows how it got there.

Soon, Malenfant, his ex-wife Emma, a super-intelligent child and a disturbed mathematical genius are on their way to Curithne. What is discovered there is nothing less than a revelation: the secret reason for our existence visible at last beneath the rippled surface of Time's river. Can this knowledge save the human race?

'Time has one of the best time-jump sequences ever attempted, during which the protagonists witness the entire future of the universe... Highly intelligent, with original ideas in almost every sentence.'


'Time places Baxter firmly in the tradition of Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov. How reassuring to know someone at least is still looking at the stars.'

The Times

'Science fiction at its best.'


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Review by Nigel (190101) Rating (9/10)

Review by Nigel
Rating 9/10
When I saw the Matrix for the first time I kept telling Chrissi 'This is exactly what I've been on about for years... how do we know what is real?'

This book deals with another one of my pet subjects... man cannot stay on this planet and survive. I'm not talking about a couple of hundred years. What happens in 100,000? Do we want to continue as a species?

If so the planet cannot support us. It is a closed ecology and if we recycle as much as possible we will always use more than we save... it WILL run out one day.

Man has to expand and colonise, much as we did during the industrial revolution and the only place left is Space.

This book deals with the subject very well and if after reading it you are not convinced we should fight for the space program, then bah humbug to you.

Politicians tend to be very short sighted, something the environmentalist have been saying for years. The problem is they themselves are short sighted in the long term. Industrial development is needed to achieve the technological advance we will have to develop to survive; genetic engineering, fusion, etc.

I highly recommend this book, not just for the good story, but also for the eye opening vision of our long term survival.

Told you it was a passionate subject
Nigel (19th January 2001)

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