Vacuum Diagrams: Short Stories in the Xeelee Sequence (The Xeelee sequence novels)

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9780002254250: Vacuum Diagrams: Short Stories in the Xeelee Sequence (The Xeelee sequence novels)

The "Xeelee Sequence" comprises the four novels "Raft", "Timelike Infinity", "Flux" and "Ring", and this collection of linked stories. The stories feature characters such as Michael Poole, the wormhole technology genius from "Timelike Infinity", Lieserl and, of course, the Xeelee.

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THE XEELEE SEQUENCE
Stephen Baxter’s history of the universe

While the human race struggles against alien oppressors, an even greater epic battle rages between the deadly dark-matter photino birds and their implacable enemy, the Xeelee …

These marvellous linked stories bring Baxter’s widely praised future history to the door at the end of time and space … which has been opened by the fabulous Xeelee, the ultimate sentient beings, the most astonishing engineers of all time.

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