Wormhole technology has revealed that our sun will die in 5,000,000 years. A race of superbeings, the fabulous Xeelee, owners of the universe, are thought to be responsible. The bizarre and wealthy cult, the Superet, funds two projects aimed at combatting the force that will murder the sun.
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The sun is dying! Funded by the wealthy cult known as Superet – a religion based on the worship of nuclear weapons – an expedition is sent 5,000,000 years into the future to investigate the end of the world. The travellers must confront the mysterious force known as the Great Attractor: the Ring, the greatest engineering marvel of the Great Xeelee, owners of the Universe. In the eerie blue light of its exotic matter, a few frail humans discover their greatest peril, and their greatest hope.
"'Ring' is a rare triumph. The book sends into free-fall the most awesome ideas in science fiction today … What makes these ideas assimilable is the prism of people through which they are refracted … good SF reveals the mortal host in the machine"
"'Ring' recalls the most visionary moments of Wells and Clarke … constructs a human scale drama out of the most far reaching implications of current cosmological theory … makes E.E. Doc Smith look like a minimalist"
"'The Xeelee Sequence 'and 'Ring' are cosmic perspective science fiction of originality, high quality and great interest. Baxter will be one of the major science fiction writers of the turn of the century."
NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION
Stephen Baxter applied to become an astronaut in 1991. He didn’t make it, but achieved the next best thing by becoming a science fiction writer, and his novels and short stories have been published and won awards around the world. His science background is in maths and engineering. He is married and lives in Buckinghamshire.
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Book Description Voyager, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11000648221X