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The Long Mars (Long Earth Series #3)

The Long Mars (Long Earth Series #3)

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by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter

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The third novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s “Long Earth” series, which Io9 calls “a brilliant science fiction collaboration.”

2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and


The third novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s “Long Earth” series, which Io9 calls “a brilliant science fiction collaboration.”

2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his request. . . .

Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth.

For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their “long childhood” in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear have caused “normal” human society to turn against the Next. A dramatic showdown seems inevitable. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The third Long Earth installment (after The Long War) sees humanity spreading out across infinite parallel worlds, with several key figures trailblazing in different ways. Commander Maggie Kauffman leads an expedition to catalog hundreds of millions of Earths, many of which prove far stranger and less hospitable than imagined. Sally Linsay is recruited by her father to explore the alternates of the newly-discovered Long Mars in search of intelligent life. Joshua Valiente encounters the emerging Next, a new breed of superintelligent humans raised in Long Earth, whose development is bringing them at odds with baseline humanity. These first two threads offer up fascinating and inventive takes on planetary development, though they fly by at dizzying speeds. The third feels too much like a conventional “us vs. them” plot. Nonetheless, Baxter and Pratchett remain in fine form, their collaboration producing another thoughtful page-turner. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Third in the series (The Long War, 2013, etc.) exploring the idea that alternate Earths exist and can be visited simply by “stepping” into them.The discovery of the Long Earth by folks with a natural ability to step, and its subsequent opening up to everybody by means of a simple device, resulted in a diaspora. The original Earth, known as Datum, still has its troubles, and this time, the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone explodes to catastrophic effect, hastening the dispersal of Datum’s population. The building of airships equipped with rapid-step devices means various Earths thousands or millions of steps from Datum can be reached. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Maggie Kauffman receives a commission to explore beyond Earth 200 million and in the process discover what happened to a previous expedition that never returned. The inventor of the stepper device, Willis Linsay, invites his daughter Sally, a loner and a natural stepper, to join him on an expedition to explore the Long Mars—where, he deduces, somewhere among the alternate Marses there will be intelligent life. And Lobsang, the supersmart AI who generally keeps an eye on things, suspects the emergence of a superior species of human. These highly intelligent individuals call themselves the Next, refer to regular humans as dim bulbs, tend to antagonize everybody and seem to originate in a particular location on one of the distant Earths. Foreseeing an inevitable conflict, Lobsang asks natural stepper Joshua Valienté to investigate. For series fans, the technique is familiar enough: a sprawling, meandering narrative whose purpose is less to amaze and entertain than to inquire about humanity itself and how attitudes and approaches to existential questions might or might not change.Panoramic and fascinating, if sometimes vexingly discursive.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Long Earth Series , #3
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Terry Pratchett's novels have sold more than eighty-five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II made Pratchett a knight in recognition of his "services to literature." Sir Terry lives in England with his wife.

Stephen Baxter is an acclaimed, multiple-award-winning author whose many books include the Xeelee sequence, the Time Odyssey trilogy (written with Arthur C. Clarke), and The Time Ships, a sequel to H. G. Wells's classic The Time Machine. He lives in England.

Brief Biography

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Date of Birth:
April 28, 1948
Place of Birth:
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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The Long Mars 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
LadyLesley More than 1 year ago
This one was hard for me to get thru. I found it full of hard science lectures, short on  People interaction, rather boring and pointless. Ok The Next got away, we went to the long Mars, and came home but from Sir Terry and Steven Baxter, not their usual writing. Grindingly slow in places, then  something momentous tossed off in two sentences, or one paragraph. Disappointing !
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
Disappointing 3rd entry in a series which started strong but has declined with each successive novel. I suspect declining involvement by Pratchett as any humor or light-heartedness is nearly non-existent. There are too many threads following too many characters to either percieve an overall themes or get invested in individual stories. The opportunity to explore an infinite number of worlds, one of the most exciting possibilites of the original concept, is poorly realized. I was glad when it ended and, should the series continue, won't be following it any longer.
Tanstaafl More than 1 year ago
Amazing as the concept of the Long Earth was to read, the writers are really trying to milk it but the cow seems dry. It could have had more interesting plots, especially for the Long Mars, but even there the story was boring and repetitive...poor Sally. And the ending just plain sucked.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Thought provoking, to the extreme! This book was a wonderful installment in the series, and I couldn't disagree more with the reviews criticizing the pace of the story.
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jcolemanct More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett writes of a future where you can step from one earth dimension to another. As you step you find not all earths are created equal nor do they all look alike. This series is a great read with good character development and well woven plot from book to book. I highly recommend the series and hope Mr. Pratchett will continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NOT BAD AT ALL,love the creativity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finishes with a bang!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More character development in this one :)
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