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Flux Mass Market Paperback – 3 Aug 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; (Reissue) edition (3 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006476201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006476207
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,214,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.

Here are the Destiny's Children novels in series order:

Coalescent
Exultant
Transcendent
Resplendent

Time's Tapestry novels in series order:

Emperor
Conqueror
Navigator Weaver

Flood novels:

Flood
Ark

Time Odyssey series (with Arthur C Clarke):

Time's Eye
Sunstorm
Firstborn

Manifold series:

Time
Space
Origin
Phase Space

Mammoth series:

Mammoth (aka Silverhair)
Long Tusk
Ice Bones
Behemoth

NASA trilogy:

Voyage
Titan
Moonseed

Xeelee sequence:

Raft
Timelike Infinity
Flux
Ring
Vacuum Diagrams (linked short stories)
The Xeelee Omnibus (Raft, Timelike Infinity, Flux, Ring)

The Web series for Young Adults:

Gulliverzone
Webcrash

Coming in 2010:

Stone Spring - book one of the Northland series

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Review

‘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.’
The Times

From the Back Cover

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.”
SFX.

“'Flux' puts Stephen Baxter in the top league of world-spinners.”
THE TIMES.

“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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The most enjoyable aspect of Flux is its brilliantly realised world building - minute human constructs that live within the mantle of a star struggle against seemingly natural disasters that threaten their world. This is a world that is constantly strange, and always intriguing, although its very uniqueness may make initial pages a struggle as the reader tries to piece together a coherent setting in their imagination.
This is the third in the 'Xeelee' sequence, and adds some tantalising hints about Baxter's future history, although despite some distant glimpses of the Xeelee themselves there are still a lot of unanswered questions lingering in the larger series narrative. The novel itself often brings to mind the first novel in the series - Raft - with its similarly bizarre setting and 'do or die' expedition into the unknown climax, though the increased page count here has allowed Baxter to breathe more life into his characters to the extent that this is a novel that speaks as much through its cast as hard sf info-dumps.
The 'Xeelee' sequence continues strongly - recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The most striking thing about this novel is the setting. The events take place within a thin layer just below the surface of a neutron star.
Somehow, life is possible within this environment and the main characters are a tiny race of beings created by humans to be able to live in the environment.
Within this world, the author creates a preindustrial society whose attitudes bear an odd resemblance to those on the planet Norfolk in Peter Hamilton's "Night's Dawn" series. Yes, despite the setting, the characters are really taken from pastoral England. Indeed, Baxter's heroine Dura and several of the other characters might have walked out of a novel by Thomas Hardy.
The novel follows the adventures of Dura as she starts out trying to save her small clan and ends trying to save the world and perhaps even the universe itself.
A good story, some interesting characters and a great setting. So, what could go wrong with that?
Well, despite all of this promise, the novel finally failed to be complete because of the way that the ending was handled. Suddenly, new technologies, situations and relationnships were introduced to tie up all of the dangling threads and bring things to a conclusion. I almost had the feeling the the author suddenly decided that it was time to get it all wrapped up and off to the publishers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 7 Nov. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Absolutely fabulous. It helps to have read some of his other stuff to get the ending. I like mad-ideas, (eg. Robert Sheckleys "Mindswap") and this time Baxter has excelled himself. I looked some things up on the web and as usual he's talking about things that either already exist or just-might exist. But this time he's taking the yellow matter...Brilliant and paradoxically many of his weird characters are very believable.
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