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Vacuum Diagrams (Xeelee Sequence #5)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Heady Hardcore Sci-Fi

    Wow! Very ambitious and creative. If you found Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History Of Time" a fun read, then this epic will carry you away to places true hardcore Sci-Fi lovers want to go. Baxter prefaces that this book is really shorter fiction pieces tied together to create the story. I found it fairly evident that many of the stories/chapters were written individually as the style (but not structure) is not all that consistent. It quickly became apparent that every story is basically an individual put into a vast awe-inspiring cosmic situation centered around some obscure (for me) theoretical quantum or mathematical concepts. It is meant to be a chronology of uber-significant future historical events that changed the course of mankind's place among the more significant beings populating the entire universe. But there is very little character development because these are all short stories, and so much time has to be spent on context set-up and concept explanation for each event. But don't hardcore Sci-fiers really read these stories to imagine ourselves in those circumstances anyways? Baxter also assumes the reader is well aquainted with astronomical concepts for much of his description; I felt the reader really has to be able to meet him half way. So if you yearn for reality shattering concepts more than characters, then this is a wonderous story of beings that left their mark in the universe, and mankind's role in discovering and understanding them.

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