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Moonseed [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Baxter
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Stephen Baxter established himself as a major British sci-fi author with tales of exotic, far-future technology. More recently, in Voyage, Titan and now Moonseed, he shows his love for the hardware of the real world's space programme. (Comparisons with Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff have been frequent.) Moonseed is a spectacular disaster novel whose threat to Earth comes from a long-forgotten Moon rock sample carrying strange silver dust that seems to be alien nanotechnology--molecule-sized machines. Accidentally spilt in Edinburgh, this "Moonseed" quietly devours stone and processes it into more Moonseed. Geology becomes high drama: when ancient mountains turn to dust, the lid is taken off seething magma below. Volcanoes return to Scotland, and Krakatoa-like eruptions spread Moonseed around the world... A desperate, improvised US/Russian space mission heads for the Moon to probe the secret of how our satellite has survived uneaten. Baxter convincingly shows how travel costs could be cut, with a hair-raising descent on a shoestring lunar lander that makes Apollo's look like a luxury craft. The climax brings literally world-shaking revelations and upheavals. Moonseed is a ripping interplanetary yarn. --David Langford


‘The best SF author in Britain’

‘Good science by someone who knows what he is talking about’
Sunday Telegraph

‘Baxter recalls the most visionary moments of Wells and Clarke’

‘Tom Clancy meets Tom Wolfe’
Kirkus Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 981 KB
  • Print Length: 676 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006105903X
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (28 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CBD48Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars When Planets Die 12 Feb. 2003
When I first began reading 'Moonseed' I had very little idea that by the end of the novel so much would have happened. Baxter has crammed into this novel a huge amount of material, creating a disaster of such a scale that it becomes difficult by the end to fully visualise the magnitude of the damage and destruction. 'Moonseed' is a brilliant creation: with apparent ease it creates a plausible scientific framework in which a completely unforseen chain of events leads to planetary-wide disaster, and on top of this it tells of how individuals survive or die in the their individual cirmustances. On one level it is a scientific masterpiece; a complex exploration of not only a huge 'primary' disaster but also of secondary catyclisms, and of tertiary effects. On another level, it is a story of raw human bravery and raw human fear. One of the most touching scenes is a description of how a small boy saves his grandfather's life with a lot of bandages and the plastic envelope of a 'New Scientist' subscription: by allowing us to believe, through excellent writing, extraordinary circumstances, we are also able to believe in extraordinary human feats.
And there is more again: the disaster is not all. Another aspect of 'Moonseed' is space. Space: the exploration of it, and the journeying into it. Space is of huge importance to 'Moonseed', because from space comes the disaster, and to space travels a scientist in an attempt to provide a solution. Baxter draws up (via careful real-life research) an audacious, rough-and-ready, and highly dangerous mission to the Moon, twenty or more years after the Moon missions have ended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science Fiction 21 Sept. 1999
I really liked this book. Not only because I am from Edinburgh and so know many of the places described in the book, but also because it is a science fiction book on the scale of Greg Bear with a runaway plot much like Tom Clancy.
The gradual disintegration of the Earth by the Moonseed makes a great plotline that Baxter follows through to the exciting finale. A great yarn. The sort of big book you take on holiday expecting to get halfway through in two weeks but then find yourself finished after two days of through the night reading. Few other books have done this for me - Clancy's Red Storm Rising and Sum of All Fears, Greg Bear's Eon, Asimov's Foundation series are among the few others.
A word of warning though. Baxter doesn't seem to have a wholly consistent style across his books. I have just finished his novel Time and was frankly disappointed. He seemed to have a good idea that ran out of steam halfway through and resorted to hard sci-fi as a means to get through to the end with that one. But Moonseed is excellent and a thoroughly recommended read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing science 21 May 2001
By Rusty
I love this book. It's brilliantly written with the best use of science of in any Sci-fi book I have ever read. The characters are excellent and described to perfection.
The idea of the book, Earth being destroyed by the introduction of an exterestrial bacteria, is truly scary. The way Baxter handles the destruction and fear in the population is beautiful.
So, your wondering why only the four stars. The answer is simple. The end is a let down which leaves a sour taste in your mouth just when you should feel great. It's not that what happens is bad, just that it's not given its full justice. It's rushed, nothing more. More description and explanation would have been welcome.
But don't let this put you off too much. this is still a great book using great science and is well worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ticket to the Moon 25 Mar. 2006
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Moonseed is a strange novel, reading like a collision between Baxter's usual hard-SF style and the sort of set-pieces (and clichés) one would expect from a typical 1970's disaster movie. The earliest half of the novel is probably the most entertaining, as Baxter tries to stretch himself by trying to write for non-scientific leads, but by the second half Baxter is back on familiar ground as the destruction on Earth takes a back seat to a manned mission to the Moon. Ultimately Moonseed displays both the classic strengths and weaknesses of hard-SF: this is a novel rich in big scientific concepts and technology, but Baxter's prose is rather functional and bland, while his characters tend towards the stock and clichéd (and don't get me started on the glaring plot-hole of NASA throwing a last ditch attempt to send a man to the Moon with a nuclear weapon without ever once asking him what he intends to do with it!)
Probably the books biggest failing is the fact that this is the third novel in a row (following on from 'Voyage' and 'Titan') where Baxter has built a story around the fictional concept of how our own practically-stalled Space Age could be restarted and manned space flight restarted: while each novel has a different set-up (and indeed a different destination in Mars, Titan and now the Moon) certain elements such as NASA politics and the mechanics of space flight are beginning to seem rather too familiar, and while Baxter is obviously trying to instil his passion for the possibilities of space flight in the reader by ploughing such a narrow furrow as alternative-NASA histories in three novels he is guilty of going over too much old ground.
Moonseed has a strong enough central concept to be a worthwhile read for the confirmed science fiction fan, but it's hardly the authors most readable or entertaining offering, and this reader found it a bit of a chore to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by the elf
4.0 out of 5 stars ... too much of a rushed ending but generally a good read.
Little bit too much of a rushed ending but generally a good read.
Published 4 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Although like many of Baxter's stories the whole world is ending
Slightly less apocalyptic science fiction based on geology! Although like many of Baxter's stories the whole world is ending, this has a clever twist that finishes the story on an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Salsatap
4.0 out of 5 stars Should have been two books
The end seemed rushed; we suddenly started skipping five, ten years at a time. Would have been better to have written a second book instead of summaring the end: there were a lot... Read more
Published 14 months ago by meadow55
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting science, but much too long and detailed plot development.
I enjoyed it but it seemed to take so long to get where it was going. The characterisation didn't really work subtly enough to make them matter as individuals.
Published 16 months ago by J. Farrar
3.0 out of 5 stars A great concept, but unusually rushed for Baxter
Stephen Baxter is without a doubt one of my favourite authors and I always enjoy most of his novels, particularly those focused on space science and space travel. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James Fenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Moonseed was recommended to me by a friend a few years ago and I am now on my third copy, I literally wore the first two copies out through reading and re-reading this brilliant... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm .......
The idea behind this book is an interesting one an has been outlined by other reviewers. However I found myself checking how many pages I had left to read as at time it felt like a... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Spen
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, Promise not fulfilled
I have tried a few Stephen Baxter books and I don't think i'll be trying many more. The basis of this is the interesting concept that humanity will be forced to evacuate the Earth... Read more
Published on 12 Nov. 2007 by Zaphod Beeblebrox
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book is simply great. It blends Greg Bear Eon-esque scale with good ol' fashioned sci-fi hero romps to give a book that you find really hard to put down, despite it's... Read more
Published on 1 May 2003 by G. Williams
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