Phase Space PDF å Mass Market Paperback

Phase Space PDF å Mass Market Paperback

Phase Space ➲ [Read] ➭ Phase Space By Stephen Baxter ➽ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Phase Space is a collection of SF stories by Stephen Baxter, many thematically linked to his Manifold trilogy Time, Space and Origin and other novels of cosmic scopeThe phase space of a system is the Phase Space is a collection ofSF stories by Stephen Baxter, many thematically linked to his Manifold trilogy Time, Space and Origin and other novels of cosmic scopeThe Phase Space of a system is the set of all conceivable states of that system, says the first page As with Manifold these stories explore possible and significantly linked states of Earth and the universe, alternate timelines offering different solutions to Baxter s favourite cosmological question the Fermi ParadoxIt s a simple idea According to our best scientific theories there s nothing special about Earth or the Solar System Intelligent life has evolved here ourselves It s likely to evolve elsewhere The skies should be full of other intelligences Where are they Perhaps our theories are wrong and we re in a galactic quarantine Perhaps what we see through our telescopes is a clever fake but supposing we overload the capabilities of the fakers Maybe intelligence always destroys itself before crossing interstellar space, or something kindly takes emerging life away to a safer place Perhaps there s teeming intelligence out there, but we re not listening on the right wavelength Perhaps they re hidingAnother Baxter theme revisited again in this mind stretching collection is the high tech romance of the space programme and walking on the Moon Alternate histories of space exploration are deftly conjured up, some of them wonderfully paranoid Yet another theme is deep time the unthinkable gulf from Big Bang to the final extinction of the universe and possibilities of life at both extremesBaxter at his best has a bleakly lyrical view of the remote future, reminiscent of Arthur C Clarke There are homages to other classics, including Asimov s Nightfall and even Dante s Divine Comedy whose final vision of paradise takes on a highly unexpected SF meaning David LangfordContents Moon CalfOpen LoopsGlass Earth, IncPoyekhali Dante DreamsWar BirdsSun DrenchedMartian AutumnSun GodSun CloudSheena The Fubar SuitGrey EarthHuddleRefugiumLost ContinentTracksLines of LongitudeBarrierMarginaliaThe We Who SingThe Gravity MineSpindriftTouching CentauriThe Twelfth Album.


10 thoughts on “Phase Space

  1. ashley c ashley c says:

    Easily my favourite short story series Also, this is the first series I gave 5 stars to.


  2. Dan Dan says:

    This is the sort of fourth book in the Manifold series and is a collection of short stories, many of which connect to the series.Moon Calf A retired astronaut comes to England and finds hints of an ancient space voyage A lovely idea which was really well executed Open Loops A human expansion story as one man witnesses humans expand across the solar system by living on asteroids I loved the whole idea of the story but it had an odd ending that was unnecessary It just didn t need to be about This is the sort of fourth book in the Manifold series and is a collection of short stories, many of which connect to the series.Moon Calf A retired astronaut comes to England and finds hints of an ancient space voyage A lovely idea which was really well executed Open Loops A human expansion story as one man witnesses humans expand across the solar system by living on asteroids I loved the whole idea of the story but it had an odd ending that was unnecessary It just didn t need to be aboutthan the living on asteroids idea Glass Earth, Inc In a future world a policeman looks through the memories of a murder to find out who the victim is This is really about the advancement of technology and technology being sentient, almost in a HAL 9000 way but not quite Poyekhali 3201 At first this seems to simply re tell the story of Yuri Gagarin s flight into space but it seems there is muchgoing on than we realise I liked the use of real events but I m not sure the weird sci fi stuff worked in the context Dante Dreams A Jesuit priest is created as a hologram after her suicide in the Vatican and a police woman goes to investigate This then leads into the priest giving a bonkers and difficult to understand idea of the universe I really didn t get it, though I suspect readers of The Divine Comedy might makesense of it.War Birds The story of what could have happened if the Apollo 11 mission had gone disastrously wrong I always like an alternate history story and the ideas here are great but the story is too long and Baxter isn t subtle about what has happened, he shoves it right in front of our faces It was one of those stories that I thought would be amazing if it was re written a little Sun Drenched Two astronauts are stranded on the Moon That s it An uninteresting story, especially given how many of the other stories here contain moon landings Martian Autumn A story about how Earth might undergo and evolutionary reboot, like what may have happened on Mars I really liked the Earth side of things here, it had a Midwich Cuckoos kind of feeling The Mars didn t really add a whole lot to the story though.Sun God An alien being investigates an extinct Earth, trying to find out what the residents were like and speculating if these primitive beings could really travel into space I really liked this story, it was clever and like nothing I ve read before Sheena 5 The sentient squid storyline from Manifold Time with an alternate ending Whilst it was one of my favourite bits of the Manifold books there s so little new here I m not sure it is needed The Fubar Suit A brilliant story in which an astronaut is stranded in space with a prototype spacesuit which has living things within it Grey Earth The end of Manifold Origin, from the point of view of Neanderthal Mary It was an enjoyable enough read but added nothing to the original story Huddle One hundred thousand years on from Manifold Space, Madeline Meacher returns to Earth Actually though this has little to do with the original story and is a story about a potential future evolution of humans Another story which had a good idea but a weak plot.Refugium Reid Malenfant s grandson is sent to investigate where all the aliens are, to answer the Fermi Paradox It contains one possible answer and I thought it worked well as a sort of sequel story to the Manifold series and as a story in its own right Lost Continent Two old friends discuss the idea that aliens may have taken a continent from Earth to preserve it It sof an argument down the pub rather than a story Tracks A creepy story about what two astronauts find on the Moon It has an almost supernatural feel about it and gives another possible solution to the Fermi Paradox The style meant it felt different from the rest of the stories in the collection Lines of Longitude An adult education teacher receives strange letters from one of her students who has a theory about the nature of the universe But surely there s nothing in it, is there Another possible Fermi Paradox solution, although if you understand this I ll be impressed Complicated and confusing The Barrier Two aging astronauts are headed to our nearest star, Proxima when they make a discovery about the universe This story deals with the zoo hypothesis solution I actually really liked this story, less for the sci fi stufffor the idea of a future dystopian world where the young turn against their elders Marginalia A conspiracy story through letters and notes which says that humans went to Mars in the 1970s Lots of good ideas and the perfect way to tell such a story The We Who Sing A story feature an alien lifeform at the beginning of the universe It is not very successful, another good idea that doesn t form a story Telling the whole story from a strange aliens point of view makes for a story which is hard to follow The Gravity Mine A very similar story to the previous one, although these aliens are the future evolution of humans Spindrift An exploration in what could happen to the universe when humanity ends Bleak but has some interesting ideas for how life can exist Touching Centauri Linked between the other stories, this is effectively the fourth Manifold book It sees Reid Malenfant send a laser to Centauri and expecting it to bounce back When it doesn t, a huge discovery about the universe is made As good as the Manifold books but has a weak ending The Twelfth Album Two friends find a strange Beatles album when mourning their departed shipmate and come to realise their friend s drunken ravings may actually have been true A neat idea and a great story for Beatles fans.It s a strong collection but I feel it could have done with a better editing Having so many stories, with many similar to each other, I was a little tired of the book by the end I would have got rid of some of the weaker stories and halved the number of stories here and I think that would lead to a really strong collection


  3. Florin Constantinescu Florin Constantinescu says:

    This review covers the entire 4 book Manifold series Your garden variety 4 book trilogies usually start the plot off in the first book, then leave you with 2 or 3 cliff hangers before maybe resolving everything in the 4th book.Even SB had previously subscribed to this concept.Today, let s try something new why don t we make books 2 and 3 be not sequels or prequels to book 1, but rather sidels, if you wish A sort of rewrites featuring the same characters, only the premises completely different This review covers the entire 4 book Manifold series Your garden variety 4 book trilogies usually start the plot off in the first book, then leave you with 2 or 3 cliff hangers before maybe resolving everything in the 4th book.Even SB had previously subscribed to this concept.Today, let s try something new why don t we make books 2 and 3 be not sequels or prequels to book 1, but rather sidels, if you wish A sort of rewrites featuring the same characters, only the premises completely different alternate or side worlds For example instead of a universe teeming with life, why don t we make life scarce in the universe in the next book So the idea is very original here How about the plots There are 3 different plots obviously, among the 3 books, and while not on stellar levels, they don t disappoint in any fashion.How about the characters Well, the interesting device with the setting being re written applies to the characters as well Some are identical between books, some are slightly different, some completely different At the end you can even choose your favorite type of each.The weakest chain in the link here is the 4th book, the collection Phase Space Not that the stories were necessarily weak in themselves, but some are not related to the Manifold universe The ones who do follow the same recipe from the first three books


  4. Malcolm Cox Malcolm Cox says:

    Usually I would review each individual short story in a collection such as this However, I started this book before I had begun doing such things.The stories in this book follow on from the three primary books in this series Time, Space and Origin as well as exploring further Manifold ideas Characters such as Malenfant, Cornelius and even Sheena 5 crop up from time to time in some stories.Even though they are short stories, they are science heavy and it s recommended that the reader should ha Usually I would review each individual short story in a collection such as this However, I started this book before I had begun doing such things.The stories in this book follow on from the three primary books in this series Time, Space and Origin as well as exploring further Manifold ideas Characters such as Malenfant, Cornelius and even Sheena 5 crop up from time to time in some stories.Even though they are short stories, they are science heavy and it s recommended that the reader should havethan a passing interest in science There are very interesting explorations into the Fermi Paradox, Occam s Razor, the big bang, life and the heat death.Thinking back, I must confess that most of the stories have merged into an amorphous blob, but I do keenly recall The Fubar Suit and would recommend that story particularly It follows two parallel story lines An astronaut coming to terms with crash landing on an asteroid with no hope of rescue and a member of a group of beings who seeks to find some answers about their world.This is certainly not a book that falls into the light reading category Prepare to do much thinking and, if you re lucky, talking, about the ideas in here


  5. Bon Skinner Bon Skinner says:

    Well I liked it because I liked the previous books in this series, however it is very muchof the same in terms of style, content and even turns of phrase If you pick it up to read on its own, the stories will begin to all sound the same as you progress through the book If you are a Stephen Baxter fan then I recommend it but a newcomer may find it a bit repetitive and a chore to finish.


  6. Chris Chris says:

    A series of short stories with a vague over arching theme, but not enough of one to make it feel muchthan you re reading a series of good stories in a row There s a theme of quarantine, and another of many moons, and another of the space race, but it s all too disjointed to ever make you feel like it s one book Neither a novel nor a collection of short stories, it s all good, but neither one thing or another


  7. TeaDrinker TeaDrinker says:

    2.5 stars.


  8. Paul Walsh Paul Walsh says:

    A collection of short stories by Baxter, this book can be taken as a seperate entity from the Manifold books, or can be seen as the fourth in the series A few of the stories are set in the Manifold multiverse, with our familiar characters popping up every now and again Some of the stories work well as short pieces instead of part of the Manifold I ll just mention some of the stories that I felt worked, and liked over some of the lesser ones Sheena 5 One of the connected stories is an expans A collection of short stories by Baxter, this book can be taken as a seperate entity from the Manifold books, or can be seen as the fourth in the series A few of the stories are set in the Manifold multiverse, with our familiar characters popping up every now and again Some of the stories work well as short pieces instead of part of the Manifold I ll just mention some of the stories that I felt worked, and liked over some of the lesser ones Sheena 5 One of the connected stories is an expansion of what happens to the squid that is sent to space in Manifold Time I liked this, while a lot of the story is already covered in that book, this offers a little alternative ending to what happens to the space squid race Also, c mon, a story about intelligent squid being sent to space, what s not to like Sun Drenched Two astronauts stuck on the moon must face the only options they have left Very good, very touching.Tracks Another moon story, this time about the two astronauts see things that cannot be there, and come up with a scary theory as to what actually happened.Touching Centauri Our main character Reid Malenfant sends a laser beam to the neighbouring star system, and instead of recieving a bounce back, the fabric of the universe begins to unravel This is the over arching story that Phase Space is formed on, and much of this story is already told throughout the book, in snippets in between different sections It works nicely, and gives the impression of many different realities that each of the stories could exist on Several of the stories touch upon the Zoo Hypothesis We may actually be blocked off from the rest of the universe until we reach a certain level of advancement, or maybe we are literally an experiment on some cosmic lab table The stories that touch on this are great, each one reaching further into the anticipation of what this will become Yet there s not a payoff on this front, as we never get to see what this could mean I forgive Baxter for this, as at the end of the day, this is a collection of short stories, but I wish he could have given just one story where we see the consequences of this idea Several of the stories seem very out of place in this book, but even so, they are interesting, and even one or two of them are sweet Give it a try if you ve read the previous three, or if you just want to get a sniff of some of the ideas that are floating around in Baxter s head


  9. Riju Ganguly Riju Ganguly says:

    In these post modern days, trying to read a book full of hard sf stories printed in font size 8 was a very bad idea I have learnt my lesson Henceforth, I shall mind my own reading, and would be indulging myself with suitably entertaining probably vacuous as well stuff only The rating is there only because otherwise Goodreads would not let me go.


  10. Alex Whitehouse Alex Whitehouse says:

    One of the cleverest books I ve read, with a narrative that spans between the short stories and infers I coudl however be seeing things here some answers Definitely one of my top ten books.


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