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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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: 464
  • Sales rank: 11,769
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.


Stephen Baxter is an acclaimed, multiple-award-winning author whose many books include the Xeelee Sequence series, 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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  • Posted November 16, 2014

    Disappointing 3rd entry in a series which started strong but has

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2015

    Bluekits bio

    Name is bluekit. Age is 3 moons old. Gender is female. Crush, nobody! Im only 3 moons old! God dang! Looks- i am a long haired tortoiseshell shekit with blue eyes. Get to know me for the rest

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2015

    Rabbitpaw's bio

    Name: rabbitpaw age: six and a half moons looks: muddy brown with green eyes and he is pretty strong personality: meet him crush/mate/kits: no/no/see the first two. Siggy: &starf R &Delta BBITPAW &starf

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2015

    &star AMBERCLOUD'S BIO! &star

    || NAME &star This pretty she-cat's name is Ambercloud. || <p> || GENDER &star Hopefully her name was a dead giveaway, but if it wasn't she is a female, or a she-cat. || <p> || AGE &star She is a fairly young cat, only about twenty-one moons with plenty more life to live. || <p> || RANK &star Ambercloud is proud to be ClayClan's Medicine Cat. || <p> || PERSONALITY &star Ambercloud is very doublesided. To those she trusts she is as gentle as a kit, but cross her or someone she loves and you'll get the claws. Even though she will never be allowed to have kits of her own, Ambercloud is very maternal. It's no secret her favorite time as the Medicine Cat is always when a new litter is born. || <p> || APPEARANCE &star Even a mouse-brain could see that Ambercloud is pretty. She is very long legged with tufts of medium length white fur. Her tail is long and wispy, giving her great balance. Ambercloud's eyes are a deep shade of amber, the source of her prefix. The suffix 'cloud' is from the soft, white apperance of her pelt. <p> || HISTORY &star It is not something she talks about freely. Gain her trust and maybe someday her secrets will be known. || <p> || THEME SONG &star Me and My Broken Heart - Rixton ||

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2015

    Milkpaws bios full of unicorns

    Ok im 15 moons im a white tabby she cats with cream speckles and swirls that covers her body with warm honey/chestnut eyes anything eles just ask)) im to lazy to keep on wrijhg boi -~-

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2015

    Silverheart and co. Bios

    Name:Silverheart-----Riverpaw-----Mudpaw-----Tallpaw <p> Age:29 moons-----6moons-----6moons-----6moons <p> Gender:Female----+Female-----Male-----Male <p> Personality:mellow-----hyperactive-----blocky-----quiet <p> other ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2015

    ► Darkdepth's Biography ◄

    &#9658 Name: &#9668 <br> Darkdepth <p> &#9658 Former Name: &#9668 <br> Darkstripe <p> &#9658 NickNames: &#9668 <br> Dark <br> &#9658<_>&#9668 <p> &#9658 Rank: &#9668 <br> Warrior <p> &#9658 Clan: &#9668 <br> ClayClan <p> &#9658 Former Clan: &#9668 <br> M*****Clan <p> &#9658 Gender: &#9668 <br> &female <p> &#9658 Appearance: &#9668 <br> Sleek, Very Dark Gray fur <br> Short, Thi<_>ck Silver spinal ripples <br> Dark, Vivid Heathery-Grey eyes <br> Thi<_>ck, Short fur <br> Long tail <p> &#9658 Build: &#9668 <br> Agile <br> Lithe <p> &#9658 Kin: &#9668 <br> Unknown <br> ((Mother, Father, Sister, Younger Half-Sister)) <p> &#9658 Mate: &#9668 <br> Alderstar <p> &#9658 Former Mate: &#9668 <br> Talonstar <p> &#9658 Kits: &#9668 <br> N/A <p> &#9658 Friends: &#9668 <br> Alderstar <br> Sandfeather <br> Stoneclaw <br> Rubycoral <p> &#9658 History: &#9668 <br> Involves another Clan, Mate((ish)), and Kin <br> ((A.K.A. Please Don't Ask)) <p> &#9658 Signature: &#9668 <br> &#9658 Dark &#9668 <br> &#<_>9658 Dark &#<_>9668 <br> &#9658<_>&#9668 <br> &#<_>9658<<_>_<_>>&#<_>9668

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2015

    Rubycoral's Bio.

    Name Rubycoral <p> Age 20 moons <p> Gender female <p> Personality meet me! <p> Appearance red fur with gold swirls covering her body. Sharp green eyes with gold flecks. Strong lean build. <p> Crush Nope <p> Kin <br> Mother Opalblossom <br> Father Aspenclaw <br> Sister Hazelwind (tigerclan) <br> Neice Pheonixfeather and Oceanbreeze (tigerclan) <br> Nephew Bluelightning and Soulpelt <br>Brother inlaw Soulslayer aka Soul (tigerclan inactive) <p> Likes peace, quiet, climbing trees, staying anywhere off the ground. <br> Dislikes Chaos, noise, discord, being on the ground.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2015

    Stoneclaw Updated Bio

    A dark gray tom with blie eyes. Kind great leader and is a great hunter and fighter. Mate is Tigerspot kits not yet. Named after his old clans leader Stonestar. Past lived in Grassclan was deputy until framed for a death. Bloodpelt was brother and Mintleaf old mate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2015

    ✓ Tigerspot's Updated Bio ✓

    Name- Tigerspot derp! <p> Age- 20 moons <p> Gender- She &female Cat <p> Appearance- A bright ginger he-cat with black flecks and deep amber eyes. <p> Crush- Stoneclaw <p> Mate- Stoneclaw <p> Kits- Rainkit and Blitzkit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2015

    ||WinterSong's Updated Bio||

    Name|| WinterSong
    <br>
    Gender|| Female
    <br>
    Age||About 19-20 moons
    <p>
    Appearance|| WinterSong is a medium sized she cat, with velvety white fur, grey socks, and a grey bib. Her eyes are a sea green, and while she is pretty, she believes on beauty from the inside.
    <br>
    Rank|| Warrior
    <br>
    Personality|| WinterSong is kind and sweet, but if you cross her or her family, she will be vicious. She is cunning and agile, and also very fast.
    <br>
    Crush|| She's got one..
    <br>
    Mate/Kits|| None yet, but she'd like them.
    <br>
    History|| Long and painful, but if you know her well enough, she'll tell you.
    <br>
    •Anything else? Just ask.•

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2015

    did not read

    it was a gift and has not yet been read by receiver

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2015

    Info for people who want to join the new band outcasts

    I scream ad sing i need a guitarist drummer and bassist to help me and help me wright songs you need to live in the stockbridge georgia area if not sorry peps - jacob a.k.a. Sin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2015

    SONG WRITER

    -Burrito

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Awesome!

    NOT BAD AT ALL,love the creativity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    &Omega VicMars The Story of My Life (Part 1)&Omega

    My name is Victor Mars. Everyone- and l mean EVERYONE calls me VicMars. I changed my name to officially be VicMars because everyone always called me that. Other than my mom. So, l will tell you the most important moment of my life. Here goes: <p> My life was a total wreck. At least, to everyone their life is a wreck. But, after THAT happened, l realized my life wasn't so bad. Sure, l got expelled a couple of times. That doesn't mean l had a bad life. People just, wanted me to be expelled. <br> But let's not worry about that. You need to worry about my first year in high school. In my first year of high school, l was looking forward to a wonderful year. I'll bet you already know what's in store for me. Homeroom, guess what luck l had. Yup, sat right in front of the famous bully who was held back 6 years, Armando Stevenson. WHAT KIND OF AN IDIOT SITS RIGHT IN FRONT OF A BULLY?! Really, it's not my fault. It's my principle's fault. The second l went inside the school, the school intercom said,"VICTOR MARS, PLEASE COME TO THE MAIN OFFICE! VICTOR MARS, PLEASE COME TO THE MAIN OFFICE." I went in there and spent 15 minutes listening to the principal, Mr. Gratt, tellin me about 'behavior' and 'good manners'. By the time l finally came out of his office, l was late and homeroom started. Mrs. Rekceb, my homeroom teacher, made me sit in the only seat avaliable. After about 734 Wet Willies and 736 flicks on the head, homeroom ended. Then came first period. <p> Thanks for reading part one everybody! Part 2 will be on Thursday in the next res. Bye for now!

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    Less interesting of triology

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    finishes with a bang

    Finishes with a bang!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    :)

    More character development in this one :)

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