Raft by Stephen Baxter
(Xeelee Book 1)

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Stephen Baxter's highly acclaimed first novel and the beginning of his stunning Xeelee Sequence. A spaceship from Earth accidentally crossed through a hole in space-time to a universe where the force of gravity is one billion times as strong as the gravity we know. Somehow the crew survived, aided by the fact that they emerged into a cloud of gas surrounding a black hole, which provided a breathable atmosphere. Five hundred years later, their descendants still struggle for existence, divided into two main groups. The Miners live on the Belt, a ramshackle ring of dwellings orbiting the core of a dead star, which they excavate for raw materials. These can be traded for food from the Raft, a structure built from the wreckage of the ship, on which a small group of scientists preserve the ancient knowledge which makes survival possible. Rees is a Miner whose curiosity about his world makes him stow away on a flying tree - just one of the many strange local lifeforms - carrying trade between the Belt and the Raft.

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Stephen Baxter (1957 - ) Born in Liverpool in 1957, Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. A published writer since 1987, he is the author of more than 40 novels and over 100 short stories, and has won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Philip K. Dick Award twice and the BSFA Award four times, among many others. He has a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University and another in engineering from Southampton. Stephen Baxter lives in Northumberland with his wife.
Published January 24, 2013 by Gateway. 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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