Proxima [NOOK Book]

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Lauded as “the natural heir to the hard-sci-fi crown of Arthur C. Clarke" (The Daily Telegraph, UK), Stephen Baxter delivers an unforgettable novel of an extraordinary world—and its untamed landscape....

Mankind’s future in this galaxy could be all but infinite....

There are hundreds of billions of red ...
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Proxima

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Overview

Lauded as “the natural heir to the hard-sci-fi crown of Arthur C. Clarke" (The Daily Telegraph, UK), Stephen Baxter delivers an unforgettable novel of an extraordinary world—and its untamed landscape....

Mankind’s future in this galaxy could be all but infinite....

There are hundreds of billions of red dwarf stars, lasting trillions of years—and their planets can be habitable for humans. Such is the world of Proxima Centauri. And its promise could mean the never-ending existence of humanity.

But first it must be colonized, and no one wants to be a settler. There is no glamor that accompanies it, like being the first man on the moon, nor is there the ease of becoming a citizen of an already-tamed world. There is only hardship...loneliness...emptiness.

But that’s where Yuri comes in. Because sometimes exploration isn’t voluntary. It must be coerced....




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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2014
Yuri Eden is one of dozens of criminals being landed on the surface of Proxima C, a planet orbiting one of our nearest stellar neighbors, and an important outpost of UN colonial expansion meant to counter the ambitions of the Chinese. The new colonists are dropped in small groups, isolated from one another, and are expected to find a way to be self-supporting as their jailors head back to Earth. Meanwhile on Mercury, amazing discoveries have been made. Kernels that hold limitless amounts of energy are found beneath the planet's surface, and control of this energy source will cause instability among the solar system's superpowers. VERDICT The latest from award-winning Baxter ("Xeelee Sequence" series) is satisfying, big-scale sf that shows us that even in the far future or on an alien world all the best and worst of humanity would remain. He creates an intriguing new life- form and seeds enough mysteries to provide fodder for several sequels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698142954
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 12,553
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author



Stephen Baxter was born in Liverpool, England, in 1957. He holds degrees in mathematics, from Cambridge University; engineering, from Southampton University; and business administration, from Henley Management College. He’s a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.



His first professionally published short story appeared in 1987. He has been a full-time author since 1995 and is currently Vice-President of the British Science Fiction Association.



His science fiction novels have been published in the UK, the US, and in many other countries including Germany, Japan, France. His books have won several awards including the Philip K Dick Award, the John Campbell Memorial Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany) and the Seiun Award (Japan) and have been nominated for several others, including the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Hugo Award and Locus awards. He has also published over 100 sf short stories, several of which have won prizes. He can be found at stephen-baxter.com.


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  • Posted January 21, 2015

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    This book starts with situations that are not really novel but a

    This book starts with situations that are not really novel but are presented in an interesting way. Then it throws in some interesting twists. The book does close with set-ups for its sequel, something readers should understand in advance, or they will be left unsatisfied. I am looking forward to the sequel, and this review assumes in advance that Dr. Baxter will tie things together nicely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    Interesting read

    Good writing which kept me hooked. Interesting concepts.

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  • Posted December 26, 2014

    Good Futuristic Sci-fi

    This book features a man cryo-state and awoken about three hundred years in the future--Mars is already terraformed and humanity sets out to the nearest exoplanet. People are left on the exoplanet (by the UN) to colonize the world to prevent the Chinese from controlling the planet. Will they be able to stop themselves from destroying Earth?

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Good hard sci-fi

    Carefully thought out never boring. It is what science fiction is all about.

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

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    Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf star far, far from the planets o

    Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf star far, far from the planets of Earth, the Moon, Mars, Mercury and all the other planets so familiar to present day Earthlings.  The year is 2166 and laser beams of energy developed from kernel engineering can hurl a spaceship into different galaxies.  Phases of history on Earth have passed, including a period of purging intelligent scientists who supposedly committed “crimes” (though never specified); and now there is an intellectual war about who will control the forces of energy with amazing potential for not only space travel but also creating new colonies on distant planets.  
    Yuri and Mardina were both forced to become colonists on Proxima or Per Adua as it is otherwise called.  Their fellow inhabitants were initially a larger group; but uncontrolled feelings, thoughts and deeds caused several violent scenes in which many were murdered, leaving finally only Yuri and Mardina as survivors. There are other colonists somewhere on the planet but they were dumped in places far away and the chances of their meeting each other are slim indeed!  For now Yuri, Mardina and a specialized robot ColU explore their new world.  It appears that its living inhabitants are plant-like creatures, with a hidden eye, who are always busy building other plant-like structures and creating structures like dams to move or close water sources.  Even the water contains bacterial life that is impossible to define by earth standards.  However, thanks to the genius of ColU the species learn to live with each other, their only major problem the solar flares that could kill them if exposed.
    Over a long period of time Mardina sets up a plan whereby she and Yuri will have children.  Mardina refuses to believe no one will ever come to rescue them but Yuri thinks differently.  
    At the same time other subplots are happening that involve the battle over these super-kernels.  Who obtains them and controls them can rule not only the earth but also other planets in the cosmos and beyond.  
    Eventually other settlers will join Yuri and Mardina and their lives will be irrevocably changed by a change coming to Proxima that will mandate their moving elsewhere.  The “Hatch” will take them where they never dreamed of going; this is the discovery of a lifetime that totally shifts the plot of this novel.
    Proxima is brilliant science fiction, the best this reviewer has read in more years than will be admitted.  It’s hard science fiction with a complex plot interlaced with real scientific explanations that are intelligently delivered and best of all highly readable and comprehensible to the average non-scientist reader.  It depicts a world where inhabitants resemble nothing encountered in earth’s experience and yet doesn’t come across as silly but highly credible, exciting and intriguing reality.  For any reader who has the slightest interest in science fiction, this is your must read for the year; and for those who have never experienced the “other world vicissitudes of life on other planets,” this is the greatest introduction to the world of science fiction you will ever find!  Highly, highly recommended, a truly wonderful work of science fiction that ranks up there with the masters of the genre!

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    Posted November 7, 2014

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