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Resplendent: Destiny's Children Book Four (GollanczF.) Paperback – September 13, 2007


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  • Series: GollanczF.
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (September 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575079835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575079830
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Good, solid, hard SF"." STARBURST "The massive scale and ever-shifting cast make it pleasingly reminiscent of Asimov's 'Foundation'. " SFX "The stories are varied, intriguing and thought-provoking. Unmissable." -- Dave Golder BBC FOCUS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cooper on November 5, 2007
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The previous three books in the "Children of Destiny" series were all structured so that they told the story along two different timelines, switching back and forth between them. Resplendant doesn't so much follow that format, and follows a seemingly linear timeline, albeit on a literally stellar scale.

Resplendent is essentially a collection of short stories, filling in the back story from before the setting of book two "Exultant" to after the end of the events outlined in Book Three "Transcendent". So while it is a very engrossing read, many of the themes and ideas are familier from the previous books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Klassen on June 12, 2010
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I was so looking forward to reading this after reading all the other Baxter Xeelee books, and I purposely saved it since Vacuum Diagrams was my favorite and the first one I read. I still haven't read Timelike Infinity but it's on the way in the Xeelee omnibus I ordered. Anyway, even though most of the stories weren't up to the level of the VD ones they are still far superior to most Sci Fi writers today. 'In the Un-Black' may be the most awesome story Baxter has ever written, quite a morality tale, it didn't leave me for days. Think of the way 'Cilia of Gold' hit you at the end of that story and then make it human. Something like that. Still, even though it wasn't another 'Vacuum Diagrams' and some of the stories seem written just to fill in some history, I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Wong on July 7, 2012
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Not being a great writer myself I will let others do the plot summaries and simply state my opinion of the book.

I consider Baxter one of the core group of hard science fiction writers however reading his books often feels too much like work...unlike Banks or Reynolds. Maybe its too much exposition on physics and too little character development. The balance between the two is off.

All in all, a so so book.
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Baxter is a Big Ideas writer in very much the mode of Arthur C. Clarke. (He collaborated on three of Sir Arthur's last books.) And many of his Big Ideas are set in a future (and past!) universe called the Xeelee Sequence.

Resplendent is set in that universe. It is a collection of stories unified by telling the story of Humankind's rise from the aftermath of an alien invasion, to Galactic dominance, to its (our) eventual ultimate defeat at the hands of two alien species. One is the Xeelee, an implacable foe simply more numerous and technologically advanced than us, who push us back into the Sol system. The other is the photino birds, dark matter creatures from the dawn of the Universe, who seek to destroy all baryonic matter (the stuff you and I are made of), and who are prematurely aging the Sun (and all stars).

Interstitial matter is provided by Luru Parz, the main character of the first story, who lives through it all, and provides a kind of detached judgement of humanity from a posthuman point of view.

To say I "enjoyed" it would be misleading -- I was engrossed by its scope and the sheer brazenness of some of its ideas (though the only thing I would call a violation of science-as-we-know-it is the absolutely necessary FTL drive); on the other hand it dealt enough gut punches that I had to just put it down at times and let my emotions settle. It isn't a happy story. It's a story of almost continual warfare for a million years. It's a story of repression in the name of survival. But it's also a story full of wonders and the uncrushed human spirit.
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