The Long Mars (Long Earth Series #3) [NOOK Book]

Overview

2040. The Long Earth is in chaos. . . .

The cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption is shutting down civilization. Whole populations flee to the relative safety of myriad stepwise Earths. Sally Linsay, Joshua Valiente, and Lobsang have all been involved in the perilous post-eruption clean-up.

But Joshua faces a crisis close to home. From a long childhood hidden deep in the Long Earth, a new breed of young, super-bright post-humans is emerging—but ...

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The Long Mars (Long Earth Series #3)

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Overview

2040. The Long Earth is in chaos. . . .

The cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption is shutting down civilization. Whole populations flee to the relative safety of myriad stepwise Earths. Sally Linsay, Joshua Valiente, and Lobsang have all been involved in the perilous post-eruption clean-up.

But Joshua faces a crisis close to home. From a long childhood hidden deep in the Long Earth, a new breed of young, super-bright post-humans is emerging—but "normal" human society is turning against them, driven by ignorance and fear. For Joshua, caught up in the conflict, a dramatic showdown seems inevitable.

Meanwhile, US Navy  Commander Maggie Kauffman embarks on an incredible journey, leading an expedition to the unexplored limits of the far Long Earth.

And Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father, Willis Linsay—inventor of the original Stepper device. Ever the maverick, he is planning a fantastic voyage of his own—across the Long Mars. But what is his true motivation?

For Joshua, for humankind, for the Long Earth itself—everything is different now.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-21
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062297310
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Long Earth Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 10,251
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Terry Pratchett

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.

Biography

Welcome to a magical world populated by the usual fantasy fare: elves and ogres, wizards and witches, dwarves and trolls. But wait—is that witch wielding a frying pan rather than a broomstick? Has that wizard just clumsily tumbled off the edge of the world? And what is with the dwarf they call Carrot, who just so happens to stand six-foot six-inches tall? Why, this is not the usual fantasy fare at all—this is Terry Pratchett's delightfully twisted Discworld!

Beloved British writer Pratchett first jump-started his career while working as a journalist for Bucks Free Press during the '60s. As luck would have it, one of his assignments was an interview with Peter Bander van Duren, a representative of a small press called Colin Smythe Limited. Pratchett took advantage of his meeting with Bander van Duren to pitch a weird story about a battle set in the pile of a frayed carpet. Bander van Duren bit, and in 1971 Pratchett's very first novel, The Carpet People, was published, setting the tone for a career characterized by wacky flights of fancy and sly humor.

Pratchett's take on fantasy fiction is quite unlike that of anyone else working in the genre. The kinds of sword-and-dragon tales popularized by fellow Brits like J.R.R. Tolkein and C. S. Lewis have traditionally been characterized by their extreme self-seriousness. However, Pratchett has retooled Middle Earth and Narnia with gleeful goofiness, using his Discworld as a means to poke fun at fantasy. As Pratchett explained to Locus Magazine, "Discworld started as an antidote to bad fantasy, because there was a big explosion of fantasy in the late '70s, an awful lot of it was highly derivative, and people weren't bringing new things to it."

In 1983, Pratchett unveiled Discworld with The Color of Magic. Since then, he has added installments to the absurdly hilarious saga at the average rate of one book per year. Influenced by moderately current affairs, he has often used the series to subtly satirize aspects of the real world; the results have inspired critics to rapturous praise. ("The most breathtaking display of comic invention since PG Wodehouse," raved The Times of London.) He occasionally ventures outside the series with standalone novels like the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, a sci fi adventure sequence for young readers, or Good Omens, his bestselling collaboration with graphic novelist Neil Gaiman.

Sadly, in 2008 fans received the devastating news that Pratchett had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. He has described his own reaction as "fairly philosophical" and says he plans to continue writing so long as he is able.

Good To Know

Pratchett's bestselling young adult novel Only You Can Save Mankind was adapted for the British stage as a critically acclaimed musical in 2004.

Discworld is not just the subject of a bestselling series of novels. It has also inspired a series of computer games in which players play the role of the hapless wizard Rincewind.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Pratchett:

"I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat…colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up."

"The only superstition I have is that I must start a new book on the same day that I finish the last one, even if it's just a few notes in a file. I dread not having work in progress.

"I grow as many of our vegetables as I can, because my granddad was a professional gardener and it's in the blood. Grew really good chilies this year.

"I'm not really good at fun-to-know, human interest stuff. We're not ‘celebrities', whose life itself is a performance. Good or bad or ugly, we are our words. They're what people meet.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Terence David John Pratchett
    2. Hometown:
      Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
    1. Education:
      Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    This one was hard for me to get thru. I found it full of hard sc

    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 !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    finishes with a bang

    Finishes with a bang!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    :)

    More character development in this one :)

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    An author I would like to meet!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Get free ipad

    Kiss your hand three times post this on three other books chek under your pillow

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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