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.
The overall concept is quite breathtaking, but I believe a review should be spoiler-free, so I'll leave it at that. Read morePublished 5 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 5 months ago by Nathan C. Lee
I could not get past the terrible construction and the weak craftsmanship evident throughout this novel in order to get to the nifty science ideas. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
gift for my fiance
he loves it, he had read the second one in the series and now is starting the series over
i got it as a gift surprise as it had been years since he was... Read more
(WARNING: Possible plot spoilers. Do not proceed if you want to be surprised by the story in this book!)
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Perfect perfect perfect. This was my first foray into "hard sci-fi" and I was put off a little at first by the mundane day-to-day science that starts off the book, but to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by J
In the first of his Manifold series (which also includes Manifold Space and Manifold Origins) author Stephen Baxter gives AN answer to the Fermi Paradox. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve Reina
Not being a great writer myself I will let others do the plot summaries and simply state my opinion of the book. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by A. Wong