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 stephen-baxter.com.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stephen Baxter's debut novel falls squarely into the diminishing sub-genre of 'hard s-f'. The book is primarily driven by its ideas. What would a universe in which gravity is a billion times stronger than what it is in our universe look like? Lets give it a breathable atmosphere and strand some humans there, and voila! We have the premise behind Raft.Its pretty cleverly done. And while one can appreciate the cleverness of the setting, the enjoyment of a book rises and falls primarily on its story, characters and language. The story is a straightforward 'clever but ignorant young boy from a farm (or mine in this case) has adventures that take him across the world (nebula in this case) and saves humanity', all in a clever setting of course. The characters are fairly stock-in-trade and the prose workman-like. Given the unremarkableness of these elements, its a good thing the book itself is fairly short and does not outstay its welcome.