Evolution

Evolution

by Stephen Baxter
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Evolution by Stephen Baxter

Stretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial Earth to the stars, Evolution is a soaring symphony of struggle, extinction, and survival; a dazzling epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand drama of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous beauty. Sixty-five million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, there lived a small mammal, a proto-primate of the species Purgatorius. From this humble beginning, Baxter traces the human lineage forward through time. The adventure that unfolds is a gripping odyssey governed by chance and competition, a perilous journey to an uncertain destination along a route beset by sudden and catastrophic upheavals. It is a route that ends, for most species, in stagnation or extinction. Why should humanity escape this fate?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345457837
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 312,880
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 6.92(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton Universities (doctorate in aeroengineering research). Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the Year; he also won the John W. Campbell Award and the Philip K. Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships. He is coauthor (with Sir Arthur C. Clarke) of Time’s Eye, the first of two SF novels linked to Clarke’s bestselling Space Odyssey series.

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Evolution 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. There were a few graphic descriptions that might have been better had they been less so, but overall it was a spectacularly depressing book and you would certainly hope that we, as a species, don't go down the road envisioned here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not your usual story line. On evolutionary time scales, human intelligence has only been around a split second.
Anna_ErishkigalAE More than 1 year ago
This book stayed with me a long time after I read it... As a rollicking science fiction tale, this book may leave the reader scratching their head. It is more a series of interrelated short stories and vignettes given from the viewpoint of creatures stretching back in time from the first tiny mammals to survive the impact which took out the dinosaurs, to the present, to the distant future when our planet is trashed and our sun has expanded to re-absorb the Earth. What this story -does- do more clearly than all the snoozer science textbooks we were forced to read in high school and college is take the various critical turning points of evolution, when some new adaptation or trait emerged to help our species evolve into the species we know of as homo sapiens today. And each of those vignettes is interesting, fully explained, and will leave the lay-reader with a thorough understanding of how we ended up where we are today. And then Baxter journeys into our future... With the same thoroughness, Baxter takes us through various plausibilities, extrapolating the choices we are making as a species today to ignore environmental degradation, civil unrest, aggression, and carries our species forward into the distant future, building upon the framework he built in the first half of the book to get us where we are evolutionarily speaking today, to show us where we are headed in the future ... and it is not pretty. 4 Evolutionary Monkeys
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The author weaves threads of palentological science into a story that is fun to read and interesting to think about. One will be surprised at how Baxter has portrayed the future of the human species. As a lover of science fiction it is must read if only for a lesson on how science has pieced together the evolution of humans from the fossil record.
RobinATexas More than 1 year ago
This is my fave Baxter book! Starts with end of dinosaurs, proceeds up the evolutionary ladder until the end of the Earth. He's become my fave SF author in the past year. :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my top 10 favorite books. Pure entertainment with historical and scientific fact.Great characterization of this book's heroes and heroines. Couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a splendid page-turner! I had not thought that I wanted to start a book that begins with dinosaurs. Baxter begins with them because that enables him to write about the comet's crashing into our planet 65 million years ago. That lets him imagine the animals that survived. His imaginings are based on solid science. Who would have thought that a book covering millions of years could be so captivating? His pace does not let the reader slow or bog down. You can skip the Greek and Latin names because they are written about quickly and then left behind. Throughout the book I was saddened that creationists would not allow God to have had this much fun. Magnificent events went in to God's creation. Baxter even gets suspense in to a story that we know ends with us.