Manifold by Stephen Baxter
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The year is 2010. More than a century of ecological damage, industrial and technological expansion, and unchecked population growth has left the Earth on the brink of devastation. As the world’s governments turn inward, one man dares to envision a bolder, brighter future. That man, Reid Malenfant, has a very different solution to the problems plaguing the planet: the exploration and colonization of space. Now Malenfant gambles the very existence of time on a single desperate throw of the dice. Battling national sabotage and international outcry, as apocalyptic riots sweep the globe, he builds a spacecraft and launches it into deep space. The odds are a trillion to one against him. Or are they?
 

About Stephen Baxter

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Stephen Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award, the Locus Award, the John W. Campbell Award, and two Philip K. Dick Awards. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for the best alternate history novel of the year. Author website: stephen-baxter.com
 
Published December 16, 2003 by Del Rey. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Why should the Gaijin bother to defend the solar system, and why are they so interested in Reid Malenfant?

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Though NASA and other powers-that-be attempt to shut him down, Malenfant plows ahead until he’s warned by renegade mathematician Cornelius Taine that Earth will be destroyed within 200 years.

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First entry in a hypercomplicated, hard-science trilogy, from the author of Moonseed (1998), etc. After washing out of NASA's astronaut training program, Reid Malenfant ("bad child") sets up the Bootstrap corporation, intending to lure humans into space with the promise of the limitless natural r...

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Baxter is well known for both realistic near-future, alternate-history novels (Voyage) and the wildest sort of hard-science speculation (Flux; Timelike Infinity). In this first volume in his Manifold

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This third and final book in Baxter's ambitious trilogy, whose vast scale calls to mind Asimov's Foundation series, shares the same strengths and weaknesses as the two previous volumes, Manifold: Space and Manifold: Time.

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The other view suggests the physics of the universe is hard-wired to tend toward the creation of life, and that life will appear everywhere it possibly can.

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The point however is that all these creatures and their antics are around for a purpose, the purpose of the Red Moon's post-human builders, Baxter's purpose: the study of our origins as a species, of the foundations of our tool-using intelligence, of our place in the frightening context of Fermi'...

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ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Longtusk SF Site Review: Vacuum Diagrams SF Site Review: Titan Stephen Baxter Interview Book Review: Ring Book Review: Flux Stephen Baxter Tribute Site Stephen Baxter Interview In his Manifold trilogy, of which Manifold: Space is the second and late...

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ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Origin SF Site Review: Longtusk and Deep Future SF Site Review: Manifold: Space SF Site Review: Longtusk SF Site Review: Vacuum Diagrams SF Site Review: Titan Stephen Baxter Interview Book Review: Ring Book Review: Flux Stephen Baxter Tribute Site Ste...

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