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Slim on real science and long winded, but an elegant read as always with Baxter's novels
on 15 November 2017
You'd be forgiven for thinking this isn't science fiction, right up to about page 400 (paperback version, kindle may be longer). Then all the threads begin to come together and you realise there actually is a slender scientific idea behind this novel. If you're as widely read in SF as I am you'll get the concept right away, without having to wait till the final few chapters when it's all explained for duffel-heads. As always, Baxter gives us the long version of everything, but his easy-to-digest writing style allows him to get away with this. Although being part of a brand new Xeelee Trilogy, it reads as a stand-alone novel, as if fact did all component parts of the original quadrilogy. That's a measure of the man's writing skill.