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Questions tagged [stephen-baxter]

This tag is for questions about the SciFi work by Stephen Baxter, a British hard SciFi writer.

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In “The Time Ships” by Stephen Baxter, Do Constructors Become Watchers?

Obvious spoilers. Don't read this question unless you've read the book. At the end of The Time Ships, our protagonist, is taken to the beginning of his current universe's time by the Universal ...
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Was the Seeker a devolved Xeelee?

In Stephen Baxter's short story Cilia of Gold, part of the Xeelee Sequence, the human characters encounter two important things - the remains of a crashed spacecraft on Mercury, whose hull material ...
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Stephen Baxter story about female space explorer competing with an alien

Can someone remember the title of this story by Stephen Baxter? It probably appears in the collection "Vacuum Diagrams". A female space explorer finds a planet with some kind of valuable ancient ...
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Can “Time Ships” be read without “Time Machine”?

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter is a continuation of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. I haven't read either book, but I have read a little information about both. I find The Time Ships far more ...
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Why did the Qax want to destroy the human race?

In Timelike Infinity, the Wikipedia plot summary states The future Qax takes two Spline ships … through the gate and on the journey reveals to Parz the reason behind its desire to completely ...
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In Stephen Baxter's Xeelee universe, how is “Qax” pronounced?

In Stephen Baxter's Xeelee universe there is a race called the Qax who conquered humanity and enslaved them for three hundred years, starting around 5088 AD. As I've read the stories I've mentally ...
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Why weren't there any aliens in Time?

I recently finished listening to an audio book version of Stephen Baxter's Time. I listened to almost the entire story but I missed a few short segments due to various distractions and it was ...
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Does the ending of “The Long Utopia” have an obvious flaw?

At the end of "The Long Utopia" by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett: Was all of this an oversight on the part of the authors? Or are there context clues that express why this wouldn't be possible?
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Is there a date given for “Step Day”?

I just finished Baxter and Pratchett's The Long Earth -- it was pretty good; I'll have to see if I can get my hands on the sequel(s). Having noticed that many of the events and diary entries in the ...
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What are these nonsense paragraphs in Stephen Baxter's Weaver?

I'm sorry for the bad quality. However we really did as what you said. To make things clear, could you please give me name of jobs with bad quality? If possible, the errors with picture. Only told ...
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What is Yuri Eden's real name?

I have just read Stephen Baxter's PROXIMA. Early on in the the novel they mention that the protagonist's name "Yuri Eden" is not his real name. Yuri is the nickname he was given on Mars, Eden is the ...
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Why would Cornelius send back the message?

In Manifold: Time, by Stephen Baxter, why would Cornelius send back a message back in time through the blue portal to himself that identified Cruithne? If he didn't send the message, he would never ...
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What happened to the ferrous metal restriction in Pratchett/Baxter's Long War

I am now about 25% through "The Long War", sequel to "The Long Earth" by Terry Pratchett and just noticed that they are talking about "armed soldiers", "pistol-whipping", and other things. However, in ...
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Did Stephen Baxter or Arthur C. Clarke's estate ever comment on continuing “A Time Odyssey”?

2007 book "Firstborn", the third and last book of "A Time Odyssey" trilogy by Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke - an "orthoquel" to "2001: A Space Odyssey" - ends with a cliffhanger which obviously ...
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In the Time Odyssey series, is there going to be a sequel to Firstborn? [duplicate]

Wikipedia says that an edition of Firstborn calls it the conclusion. After reading Firstborn, I was looking forward to the next book, where I hoped we'd see But I see that Arthur C. Clarke died ...