Manifold: Time's would-be asteroid-miner-in-chief is bootstrap space entrepreneur Reid Malenfant, a media-savvy firebrand who's showed those crotchety NASA folks what's what with his ready-to-fly Big Dumb Booster, piloted by a genetically enhanced super-squid. But Malenfant's near-term plans to exploit the asteroids get diverted when he crosses paths with creepy mathematician and eschatologist Cornelius Taine. Applying Bayes's theorem and a series of other statistical do-si-dos, Taine convinces Malenfant that an inescapable extinction event--the "Carter catastrophe"--is nigh, and that even working to colonize the galaxy might not be enough to save humanity. The answer: build a Feynman "radio" to listen to the future and, by detecting coded quantum waves traveling back through time, divine the fate of human "downstreamers" and find the key to their survival. Space flight, time travel, and even squid negotiations ensue, while Earth is gripped in Last Days madness.
Once again, the award-spangled Baxter gives us sci-fi at its beard-stroking best, with an imaginative, audacious plot line that's firmly grounded in good science, reminiscent of Baxter's own excellent Vacuum Diagrams. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Maybe if I was a real science genius or had a great understanding of physics, I could have enjoyed this book more. I don't and I'm not. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert McCain
Bad science, weak plot, there's not really a protagonist just people you kinda feel sorry for.Published 1 month ago by Michael J. Martinez
I love sci fi... but this book was not very imaginative... It feels like the narrative of a geeky self-involved geeky engineer who wants to tell you what he thinks is cool stuff. Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. Ben
What a mind altering, time bending romp this was! There is no room for the limitations of the mind whilst considering the infinite possibilities...the ending was especially killer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. A. Veronie II
I loved this story. Exciting and scary and real. Baxter has a great way to combine real science with a possible future and creat a great story with unforgettable characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gavin P. Craig
gotta read it...at times it's a little slow, but it's worth it. Great read and unexpected finish.Published 8 months ago by Scot McPherson
The overall concept is quite breathtaking, but I believe a review should be spoiler-free, so I'll leave it at that. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Feliks Kluzniak
The details, and the cutting-edge real scientific basis of this book make it a remarkable journey. It takes new concepts of cosmology and asks the reader to dream of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nathan C. Lee