Star humans were engineered to exist within the mantle of a star, mere tools of their Earth-evolved makers in a war against the Xeelee, owners of the universe. Stephen Baxter’s third novel in his magnificent Xeelee Sequence is an exotic and endearing story of an abandoned people.
Abandoned to their fate, their history lost along with contact with their makers, Star people survive in an environment that is possibly the strangest in science fiction. Microscopic inhabitants of superfluid air above a Quantum Sea and below the tangled Crust of the Star, swimming in an electric-blue grid, the Magfield, which is subject to violent storms, Star people struggle, like us, to make sense of their world… and the threat hanging over it.
Though the truth is far more disturbing and ominous than they feared, they will confront, finally, their makers, and they will rebel against the purpose for which they were created.
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‘Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein succeeded in doing it, but very few others. Now Stephen Baxter joins their exclusive ranks – writing science fiction in which the science is right, the author knowledgeable, and the extrapolations a sheer pleasure to read, admire, enjoy. The reaction is that which C.S. Lewis referred to when he described science fiction as the only genuine consciousness-expanding drug. Flux is a highly imaginative and moving novel .. It is a rare thing to find such a good read. Wonderful stuff!’
Harry Harrison, New Scientist
‘Flux puts Stephen Baxter in the front line of world-spinners.’
Star Humans are microscopic, but their hopes and fears, and loves, are not. And the future of humans everywhere, on Earth and among the stars, depends on their courage in the face of attack by the mighty Xeelee, owners of the Universe.
A novel of the Xeelee sequence from the acknowledged heir to the visionary legacy of Clarke and Wells, heralding a new Golden Age in science fiction.
“The best SF author in Britain.”
“'Flux' puts Stephen Baxter in the top league of world-spinners.”
“Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein succeeded in doing it, but very few others. Now Stephen Baxter joins their exclusive ranks…The recreation is that which C.S. Lewis referred to when he described science fiction as the only genuine conscious-expanding drug. 'Flux' is a highly imaginative and moving novel…It is a rare thing to find such a good read. Wonderful stuff!”
HARRY HARRISON, New Scientist.
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Book Description Voyager, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006476201
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Book Description Voyager, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006476201