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The Long Earth Mass Market Paperback – June 25, 2013
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“Stay tuned for the next episode of a very old-fashioned sf quest yarn (think Jules Verne and 2001) that, since Pratchett is involved, is crammed with scientifically informed amusement.” (Booklist)
“In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore… fascinating premise…” (Publishers Weekly)
“The Long Earth is a brilliant Science Fiction collaboration with Stephen Baxter: a love letter to all Pratchett fans, readers, and lovers of wonder everywhere… This novel is a gift to be shared with anyone who loves to be amazed.” (Io9)
“The writing is elegant and witty...The worlds of the Long Earth are all richly rendered, and even the walk-on characters are deftly imagined…and the potential seems endless not just for the characters, but for Pratchett and Baxter as well.” (Tor.com)
“ The Long Earth is the solid start of a series with infinite potential.” (Shelf Awareness)
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The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)
1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.
The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld® creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to an infinity of new worlds. All it takes is a single step. . . .
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Joshua Valiente was just an ordinary kid, living in an orphanage when Step Day occurred. One minute he was in Madison, WI, the next, he and several others who had built the mysterious Stepper device that showed up online were suddenly in the middle of a primeval forest. That is the beginning to an interesting life for Joshua and an intriguing, if not fully engaging story, from Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. This book sets up an intriguing world to be fleshed out further in the next books and provided an interesting story from beginning to end as we're taken along on a journey following the lives of several different characters as The Long Earth is explored to discover just how far does it go.
I'd recommend this for fans of SciFi as a good, light read, that sets the stage for a new series.
Many of these Amazon reviews have suggested, "Great premise, poor execution." At first I agreed, but on reflection I'm wondering if this was such a great premise in the first place. I wonder if it might not be inherently flawed.
It IS a new, interesting twist on the well-worn alternate Earths concept: millions of alternate Earths to explore...except ours is the only one with humans. Clever idea. Of course, that means you don't have the bread and butter of most alternate Earth stories: an exploration of how human society might have developed, if only. No Nazis winning WWII, no South winning the Civil War, no Roman Empire never falling. No alternate human societies. Okay, great, something new. A new take on the alternate Earths concept.
Except...how do you make it interesting? Y'know, when there's nothing on any of these other Earths except lots and lots of trees. Oh, an occasional alternate Earth where a meteor wiped out all life or the glaciers didn't recede. But mostly, lots and lots of trees. So how do you make it interesting?
Well, you could explore how human society (the one and only) might change as a result of having millions of uninhabited Earths to explore and colonize. But this book only takes a few superficial stabs at this. 80% of the book is about exploring the alternate Earths...and all those trees.
So how else do you make it interesting? Y'know, when even the characters in the book admit they are bored by the endless uninhabited Earths with nothing but trees. Lots and lots of trees.
Well, you could add in fantasy elements. Trolls and Elves. Use them to explain the bulk of human mythology over the years. But that, of course, dilutes the hard science fiction elements of the book. On the other hand, the hard science fiction elements of the book mostly consist of lots and lots of trees and, well...you gotta do something to make the premise work.
Great premise? Maybe. It is certainly a fascinating idea--but I'm not so sure it's a great premise for a novel. Maybe if the book had settled down and explored any one of the many consequences of the millions of alternate uninhabited Earths--how those left behind who cannot "step" feel about it, or how human society or government or commerce would change, or how pioneers would go about colonizing empty Earths, or what new forms of society might develop on them, or discovering the different ways animal species have evolved, or mapping alternate geographies and climates, or following intrepid explorers as they explore deep into the Long Earth, or...wow, there are lots of possibilities.
Trouble is, none of these ideas get much more than a passing nod. In a way this book is laundry list--"See, folks, here's a consequence of this idea, and here's another consequence, and another one, oh, and here's another one..." A list of consequences, any one of which might be made into a compelling story. A sort of road map for future authors. Unfortunately, it means THIS book ends up being more a disjointed series of vignettes (exploring an admittedly fascinating idea) than a cohesive, compelling story.
I dunno. Both these authors are (in my opinion) very talented writers. I should have enjoyed this more.
A lot of stories with travel to other universes assumes that humans or other humanoid sentient beings are the norm, and every universe has people in it, with different histories; every universe is therefore unique. But the interesting thing about this series is that sentient life appears to be an aberration; 99.99% of the alternate Earths in The Long Earth are utterly devoid of sentient life, and hundreds of universes in a row are practically identical. Though the higher out you go, the more different things get. And of course, there are the occasional single universes that are unique in some huge way, called Jokers. What I like about this series is that Datum Earth (our own world) appears, so far, to be a Joker. So we're all alone in the Long Earth. Or *are* we?
This one will be, if it is not already, a classic sci-fi tale. Please read it. I think you will agree it is among the best that sci-fi can give us. Do be warned that there are at least three follow on books sporting the same type of theme.
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having read all the following books in the series probally clouded my expectations