The Long Cosmos

The Long Cosmos

Book - 2016
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Completed by the authors some eighteen months before Terry Pratchett's untimely death, The Long Cosmos is the grand climax of the Long Earth series. Terry had always wanted to explore the question 'what's it all for?' -- and in this novel, we find an answer.

2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve.

For Joshua Valient#65533;, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in more abstract ways -- by the trolls and by the Great Traversers. Its message is simple but ts implications are enormous:


The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent -- a device that will alter the Long Earth's place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message. Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all -- mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals -- who inhabit the Long Earths.
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2016
ISBN: 9780857521781
Branch Call Number: SF PRA
Characteristics: 385 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Baxter, Stephen


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Oct 16, 2016

Excellent series. Start at the beginning -

KickyMcGee Sep 09, 2016

This series surprised and delighted fans of both of these authors, but we were told from the start that it would end. What an ending it received! As with the previous installments, we follow favorite characters and meet new ones, but this time far more than the Long Earth is at stake. A must-read for any who started the series, this is a satisfactory (if not perfect) ending.

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