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Filling in the gaps on Baxter's ambitious, almost audacious, 10-million-year timeline called the "Xeelee Sequence," Vacuum Diagrams is a collection of revised, previously published short stories that bridges together his popular novels set in this same "future history"--Raft, Timelike Infinity, Flux, and Ring. Baxter's universe is rotten with life, from strange tree-stump-like creatures with superfluid ice skeletons to dark matter "birds" to sentient beings composed of pure mathematics. And Baxter's reverence for life's beauty, for its voracious robustness, is hard to resist--especially when it comes to humanity and its tentative, eager rise. The cycling timeline follows humans as they come into their own as a star-faring race, from their first sporadic steps to their near dominance of the universe and beyond.
Vacuum Diagrams is a great introduction to Baxter for those unfamiliar with him and a good primer for the other "Xeelee Sequence" novels. If you already love Baxter or the other novels in the sequence, Vacuum Diagrams is certainly a safe bet. Besides, any book that sends you scurrying quizzically after your college physics text deserves a closer look. Check it out. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I think Baxter is the best of today's SF authors....not many left....Published 6 days ago by Jesus Riesco
Astounding, brilliantly imaginative, and vast in scope, in both space and time. I am not a physicist, but the modern physics he invokes is plausible enough to allow me to suspend... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan Filipski
Very well done, exposes the imagination to a unique perspective.Published 2 months ago by Jack Hayford
Baxter's excellent control over advanced notions of nearly modern physics enables him to move easily and convincingly from Planck units to the megascale of the super cosmic and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Victor Friedlander
Baxter does it again: looks literally millions of years into the future and paints a plausible path for mankind. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Devil MC-130P
Too much the same story he always tells and more confusing.Published 14 months ago by James T. Trombetta
Another outstanding Baxter book - complex story with some very imaginative science. Hard sci-fi at its best. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anonymous
Baxter is so gifted with his prose that he introduced me to perspectives I never imagined. This one will stay with me.Published 18 months ago by Truman Sparks
Especially the vacuum diagrams and tyranny of heaven short stories. I have the electronic and paperback versions, is how much I respect this book.Published 19 months ago by Ugochukwu Nwogwugwu