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By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter

The fourth novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s the world over bestselling “Long Earth” sequence, hailed as “a amazing technological know-how fiction collaboration . . . a love letter to all Pratchett lovers, readers, and fanatics of ask yourself in all places” (Io9).

2045-2059. Human society maintains to adapt on Datum Earth, its battered and weary foundation planet, because the unfold of humanity progresses during the many Earths beyond.

Lobsang, now an aged and complicated AI, suffers a breakdown, and disguised as a human makes an attempt to dwell a “normal” existence on one of many hundreds of thousands of lengthy Earth worlds. His outdated pal, Joshua, now in his fifties, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown relatives historical past. And the super-intelligent post-humans referred to as “the subsequent” proceed to conform to lifestyles between “lesser” humans.

But an alarming new problem looms. An alien planet has by some means turn into “entangled” with one of many lengthy Earth worlds and, as Lobsang and Joshua research, its voracious denizens intend to trap, triumph over, and colonize the hot universe—the lengthy Earth—they have inadvertently discovered.

World-building, the intersection of universes, the coexistence of various species, and the cosmic that means of the lengthy Earth itself are one of the mind-expanding subject matters explored during this fascinating new installment of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's notable lengthy Earth series.

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Stan nodded. ‘And what's your technique? What are your motivations? What do you propose for humanity? ’ Martha stated hotly, ‘Isn’t that as much as us? ’ ‘No, Mom,’ Stan stated frivolously. ‘Not with humans like this on the earth. You’re not more answerable for your individual future than an elephant on a online game reserve. That’s a very good analogy, isn’t it? ’ he stated, not easy Roberta. ‘With you because the wardens. ’ ‘It’s unlike that. not less than, no longer we all imagine that manner. definitely we need mankind to be … chuffed. ’ ‘Happy? Wandering round with no goal, in a type of backyard, perfected by means of you. an extended Utopia. Is that your aim? ’ ‘We don’t have a goal,’ Roberta acknowledged. ‘At least, now not an agreed one. we're constructing our services, exploring our personal motivations. the talk on goals maintains. I invite you to hitch that discuss. if you happen to care approximately humanity up to you look to—’ ‘I have to imagine. ’ Stan stood, all of sudden. ‘Excuse me. ’ He stepped away. whilst he’d long gone, the room appeared empty. Martha poured extra iced tea. She stated, ‘He’ll pick you. I don’t must be a super-brain to understand that a lot. i do know my son. He’ll cross, if purely out of interest. yet he’ll come domestic back. ’ ‘Perhaps,’ stated Roberta. ‘But i believe you need to be ready to lose him. I’m very sorry. ’ Martha appeared away, obviously not able to talk. sixteen NELSON AZIKIWE HAD acknowledged, whilst providing to analyze Joshua’s kinfolk, ‘One by no means is familiar with, while pulling this kind of thread, what may well resolve. ’ might be, however it became out to be a strong obdurate thread. It took months that stretched, strangely, to years – 4 years after the promise he’d made on Joshua’s 50th birthday – prior to Nelson was once in a position to make a lot growth along with his seek. His leap forward got here no longer via such networks as his on-line friends the Quizmasters, yet via his acquaintance with Lobsang – in truth, via an outdated good friend of Sister Agnes, who heard via shared acquaintances, she stated, that Nelson used to be trying to find information regarding ‘London’s scandalous past’. For, to Nelson’s shock, his investigations had led him to that battered urban. Nelson met omit Guinevere Perch in an extended Earth footprint of London. a number of steps from the frozen Datum destroy, this new group used to be a tangle of swiftly erected refugee camps reduce into oak woodland. a latest of Agnes, pass over Perch used to be in her nineties now, withered, birdlike, her hair a tangle, yet with a beaming smile for viewers. She lived on my own, although with day-by-day suggestions, in a home in-built a reasonably crude Low Earth colonial sort. yet she dressed richly, and in a room jam-packed with unique furnishings a peripatetic butler served Nelson tea and cake. omit Perch gleefully confirmed Nelson pictures of the homes she had as soon as owned at the Datum, together with a really dear Georgian terrace condo in crucial London. ‘Handy for the home of Commons,’ she acknowledged. And whilst she confirmed him glimpses of the unique apparatus she had stored within the basement of that terrace apartment, and defined the actions that went on down there for the good thing about MPs and different parliamentarians – and a viewers’ e-book, whole with covert photographic pictures, that spanned many years – he understood why she had obtained in contact with him.

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