A Novel

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It's the job of a science fiction writer to visualize extrapolations of the future. But there are those who go far beyond, venturing into realms of breathtaking science. That kind of cutting edge talent is as rare as a supernova--and, in its own way, just as powerful. Arthur C. Clarke had it. So did William Gibson. Now, withEvolution, Stephen Baxter delivers what is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year--and shows once again why he belongs among the select company of science fiction writers who matter. Stretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial Earth to the stars,Evolutionis a soaring symphony of struggle, extinction, and survival, a dazzling epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand drama of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous beauty. Sixty-five million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, lived a small mammal, a proto-primate of the speciesPurgatorius. From this humble beginning, Baxter traces the human lineage forward through time. The adventure that unfolds is a gripping odyssey governed by chance and competition, a perilous journey to an uncertain destination along a route beset by sudden and catastrophic upheavals. It is a route that ends, for most species, in stagnation or extinction. Why should humanity escape this fate? A generation from today, a group of concerned scientists--distant descendants of that primitivePurgatorius--gathers on a remote island to discuss this very question. The ceaseless expansion of human civilization has triggered an urgent environmental crisis that must be solved now if the Earth is to survive as a place hospitable to human life. But just when a peaceful solution seems within reach, two acts of shocking violence set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events that will expose the limitations of human intellect and adaptability in the face of the blind and implacable processes of Darwin's dangerous idea.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345457820
Branch Call Number: SF BAX
Characteristics: 578 p. ;,28 cm


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Mar 10, 2014

I'm going to disagree with your comment, hewcon. I am currently about 100 pages into this novel, and I, for one, am happy Mr. Baxter has written in such a detailed manner. The description of life on Earth 65 -115 million years ago is breathtaking. You feel you are THERE.
I am now reading the section where the great comet has impacted Earth. His depiction of the moment of impact in the Yucatan peninsula is absolutely chilling, and you most definitely get the impression that the hurricanes, forest fires and floods we have experienced in the 20th century are nothing more than minor inconveniences. This book's narrative is so detailed, you begin to think you are reading an actual history textbook.
I highly recommend that you check this amazing piece as soon as you are able - you will NOT be disappointed!

Mar 29, 2010

Scanned and chose to not read this book. One of Baxter's excessively detailed tomes!

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