by Stephen Baxter

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Ark by Stephen Baxter

It's the year 2030. The oceans have risen rapidly, and soon the entire planet will be submerged. But the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away gives those who remain alive hope. Only a few will be able to make the journey-Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates. If she makes the cut, she will live. If not, she will be left to face a watery death...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451463593
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Series: A Novel of the Flood Series , #1
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 370,388
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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Ark 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was well written, and exoplanet exploration and other aspects of a generation ship were expertly done. Spoiler-Warning: The book does contain an explicit sexual abuse scene, which may disturb some readers, but does move forward a subplot in the story. Other than that scene, the story flows and allows the reader to experience the colinization of other planets in a realistic and fantastic way, and keeps one on the edge of their seat until the end. The books I've recommended are either related to this novel, or also deal with generation ships.
Menolly More than 1 year ago
I slogged through both Flood and Ark in the hopes that they would get better. They didn't. Don't get me wrong, they are both well-written books, but they are so depressing it wasn't worth the time I put into them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my 2nd time through this series. It is my hope that you too will enjoy it. It is one of those stories where you get to the end and want to know what happens next. That is the mark of a great story, and also very infuriating at the same time. If you are thinking of buying this......You must. I don't read books multiple times, because I have the story floating around in my head after the first reading. This is a book that inspired a 2nd read through. Take my opinion how you will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Baxter has thoroughly bored me with insipid characters having plodding events and relationships that drag on and on. Bad science, bad characters, no plot, ... this is the last of his books I'll read. Great for insomnia.
BlossomFive More than 1 year ago
This is for the quality of the ebook and not for the story. It seems cheap when on the first page of text there's a graphics error that represents an apostrophe with a series of square boxes. This leads me to believe that no one has done any proofing of the conversion to ebook. cheap. Hopefully there won't be other errors that detract from what I expect to be an excellent story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The unabated Flood spreads rapidly across continents with only the highest elevations of land remaining. In America, the Rocky Mountains is the last stronghold not under water, but that is turning into an archipelago. In 2025 as six year old Holle Groundwater and her dad make it to Denver, the last great American city, scientists predict total submersion in the next couple of decades. Their hope to save humanity resides with an Ark traversing to a New Earth II. Some oppose this as a waste of resources with only a select few leaving. Nathan Lammockson pushes creation of geodesic dome habitats on earth that will save so many more. By 2041 time has run out but Ark One launches with an elitist crew targeting Earth II with a faster than the speed of light technology. On board is frightened Holle who is trained as an astrophysicist and military strategist. She proves her choice is correct, as she contributes over the next four decades. Life inside the Ark One is miserable, but as Holle knows Darwin is right; cut throat survival of the fittest is all that matters to mankind's remaining few. This is an exciting science fiction thriller that initially follows up directly from Flood (worth reading first to better understand how humanity got here and what happened to the seas though Stephen Baxter does a nice job with the back-story) before soaring into space. The story line mostly focuses on life inside the Ark over four decades. Considering "necessity as the mother of invention" and being scientific-illiterate, the udnerlying theories seem reasonable. However, the use of resourcing to construct an Ark that if all goes right starting with the launch and a stop at Jupiter will save a few seems off kilter. Still placing aside the plausibility of opportunity costs, Ark is a terrific exciting outer space character study as those inside at times feel like sardines packed in oil. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 8 months ago
Wonderfully science.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me wish the sun went nova and wiped out the human race
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellant sequel. Read this first then went back and read Flood. A few months later I re-read them chronologically. My sic-fi needs to be believable to pull me in. After 6 weeks of rain in Britain, I can't help thinking we might look back on this point as the beginning of the end, such was the plausibility of Baxter's epic tale. Like other reviewers, I wanted the story to carry on - "What happens to residents of Ark 1 or our planet hoppers?" Come on Ian, finish this story off for us. 
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Reading this was like plodding through a wasteland searching for an oasis that just isn't there. The plot is interesting enough, but the characters are for the most part neither likeable or well developed. If you are looking for a cure for insomnia this might help.
RichardWA More than 1 year ago
story line a little far fetched.but entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen Baxter tells an excellent story of how the world adjusts to a global catastrophe. In this story the catastrophe is not immediately imminent so it is largely ignored by the majority. However, a select group realizes something needs to be done and sets out to preserve the human species.
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Read through this pretty fast at the end wishing there was another book in the series.
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I read both Flood and Ark in about a 5 day period. I enjoyed both but would love another book. I felt there were unanswered questions from both books that I would love to know what happen. I found this story line interesting as to how people deal with situations. Time isn't always a good thing.
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sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
When that movie came out, nobody could believe such a world could exist, no matter how cute Kevin Kostner was as the leading merman. But, Stephen Baxter has done just that...created such a world, making it very believable. Through extensive research, accuracy, and a command of vocabulary most writers only wish for, he leads us from our present to a point only sixty years into our possible future, something we might actually have to live through, more terrifying than any bogeyman. Read "Ark" first, it sets the stage for this book perfectly. And don't forget you have a nook...verify his astounding research for yourself.
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