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ISBN:
006105044X
Author:
Stephen Baxter
Category:
Science Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Harper Voyager (October 7, 1998)
Pages:
544 pages
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Rating:
4.1
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Consequently, Although the science behind Stephen Baxter's Moonseed was interesting, the hackneyed characterization and melodrama left me uninspired and, frankly, bored for the last 200 pages.

Consequently, Although the science behind Stephen Baxter's Moonseed was interesting, the hackneyed characterization and melodrama left me uninspired and, frankly, bored for the last 200 pages. I love hard science fiction, and on that level, Baxter's work has always been top-notch. However, while some sci-fi authors have coped with their difficulties in crafting convincing characters by simply eliminating excessive dialogue and character interaction, Baxter spends pages doing the exact opposite.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. It starts when Venus explodes into a brilliant cloud of dust and debris. A world-class disaster epic worthy of any Saturday matinee, Moonseed opens with the spectacular, explosive death of Venus, an event requiring energy a thousand billion times the world's nuclear arsenal.

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Moonseed ( NASA - 3 ) Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter established himself as a major British sci-fi author with tales .

Moonseed ( NASA - 3 ) Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter established himself as a major British sci-fi author with tales of exotic, far-future technology. Accidentally spilt in Edinburgh, this ‘Moonseed’ quietly devours stone and processes it into more Moonseed. Geology becomes high drama: when ancient mountains turn to dust, the lid is taken off seething magma below.

Edwards Air Force Base was a chunk carved out of the western desert, marked only by Joshua trees, twisted and arthritic and sinister. The land that time forgot. The land that time forgot s shimmering off the flat, pale salt lakes on the horizon, obscuring his view of the giant aircraft hangars here. And there was a muddy brown color to the sky. Volcanic shit. The reason he would be earning his hazardous flight pay today. It had started off as a normal morning. Shower and shave, a pass on breakfast.

Moonseed by Stephen Baxter For Sandra, with all my loveDRAMATIS PERSONAE Henry Meacher, geologist, NASAGeena Bourne, Space Station astronautJane Dundas, shopkeeperArkady Berezovoy, Space Station astronautGREAT BRITAINEDINBURGH:Jack Dundas, son of JaneMike Dundas, technicianTed Dundas, retired police officerRuth Clark, neighbour of Ted DundasHamish Macrae, aka Bran, cult leaderBilly.

Moonseed is a 1998 science fiction novel by British writer Stephen Baxter. It takes place within his NASA series. Moonseed is an exploration of what could possibly happen when rock is returned from the Apollo 18 mission (which was actually cancelled. Moonseed is an exploration of what could possibly happen when rock is returned from the Apollo 18 mission (which was actually cancelled in 1970). In the book, the rock contain a mysterious substance called "moonseed" (a form of grey goo, whether nanobots, an alien virus or something else) that starts to change all inorganic matter on Earth into more moonseed.

Stephen Baxter is an acclaimed, ng author whose many books include the Xeelee Sequence series, the Time Odyssey trilogy (written with Arthur C. Clarke), and The Time Ships, a sequel to H. G. Wells's classic The Time Machine. Библиографические данные.

For Sandra, with all my love. Monica Beus, physicist. Alfred Synge, astronomer. Scott Coplon, geologist, US Geological Survey. Joely Stern, e-zine journalist.

Moonseed by Stephen Baxter DRAMATIS PERSONAE PART I BIG WHACK PART II ARD TOR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17. .Moonseed by Stephen Baxter. For Sandra, with all my love.

Moonseed by Stephen Baxter DRAMATIS PERSONAE PART I BIG WHACK PART II ARD TOR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 PART III EARTH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 PART IV MOON. 1 2 3 4 5 6 part V bottleneck 1 2 3 4 5 6 part VI nadezhda afterword.

It started the night Geena and Henry broke up.

What was that strange light in the sky? A new star? A comet?

Neither. It was the death of Venus.

As if to commemorate the end of NASA's golden couple, our neighbor planet exploded into a brilliant cloud of dust and debris, showering the Earth with radiation and bizarre particles as big as bacteria--wiping out all the crops and half the life in the oceans, frying the ozone layer, forcing survivors to wear protective suits on city streets.

Days later, a few specks of moon rock kicked up from the last Apollo mission fell upon a lava crag in Scotland. That was all it took. The ground itself began to shimmer, forming pools of luminous, almost liquid dust. Pools that grow larger every day, as the cultists of Infinite Egress drum and chant with apocalyptic joy...

So begins Stephen Baxter's most ambitious, most exciting, and ultimately most fascinating novel: Moonseed, the story of a menace that falls to Earth from an unimaginably distant past, pushing us to the brink of an extinction event unparalleled in our planet's history.

For what has demolished Venus, and now threatens Earth itself, is part machine, part life form: a ten-dimensional superstring nanovirus that literally eats rock, transforming it into liquid, and then into molecule-size black holes that devour the very fabric of space time.

Feasting on Edinburgh's primeval basalt, Moonseed is steadily eating its way toward Earth's core. The death toll rises by the hour as buildings collapse into streets that flow like water; as hundred-foot tsunamis obliterate Seattle and Vancouver; as volcanoes sprout like weeds across the planet's quickly decaying mantle.

NASA "rock-jockey" Henry Meacher and his Japanese colleague, Blue, race to cut off the virus and save what is left of the Earth. Meanwhile Henry's ex, Geena, straps in with a Russian cosmonaut for a daredevil Moon voyage, ultimately reuniting with Henry and searching for the lunar ice deposits that might make possible the greatest evacuation since Noah braved the Flood.

And a mother and her young son clamber for the last solid ground in the liquefying Scottish Highlands, under the baleful stars of a dying universe...

Audacious beyond comparison, grand in conception, and gripping in execution, Moonseed is the first modern novel to do justice to the awesome terror and promise implicit in quantum physics. Like all of Baxter's work, it blazes new paths from which science fiction will surely follow in the years to come, and becomes required reading for anyone wishing to understand the awesome promise--and threat--revealed by modern science.

  • Darkshaper
A lot of people have given this book mixed reviews. I happened to like it. I really like Baxter's style and find his books to be real page turners. This one started out a bit slowly and it was hard to get interested in the characters at first, but as the book went on, it became more of a page turner. This is a very dark book about the destruction of the planet with a glimmer of hope at the end with humanity relocating to the moon. Baxter always seems to do a good job when he sets out to destroy the planet. Similar to his excellent book, Flood, this one relentlessly destroys the earth little by little. The basic idea of the story is that an alien substance carried back from the moon contaminates Earth and begins to eat the crust in order to transform the planet. There is an event in which the same substance destroys Venus at the start of the novel giving some clues to the whole story. In addition to what happens on Earth, there are some interesting events on the Moon, including an emergency trip there with cobbled-together shuttle technology which sets in motion some things that allow colonization of the Moon. Many people have commented on the characterization of society in the book as being anti-science, but in my mind, this isn't a huge distraction. This may not be Baxter's best book, but I found it to be worth reading and would recommend it if you have enjoyed some of his other novels.
  • Mala
Spoilers follow. Read at your own risk.

While I thought the science in it was excellent (though not always accurate, it evoked tremendous images of the wonders of science and engineering both current and future), the ‘fiction’ part was sadly lacking. The characters, for the most part, were flat: though they may have had fleshed out backstories, the knowledge that almost all of them would die before the end of the book (which was rather obvious about a third of the way in) made sympathizing and relating to them much easier. I found myself actually wanting to skip the character related aspects of the story to get back to the science part.

I did notice, however, a quote in the book about the main character that may or may not describe Baxter himself. “He started to work his ideas into his fictions, building up a body of work that, piece by piece, it seemed to Geena, amounted to a kind of schematic of the future, a ladder to history.” If that’s Baxter’s goal with his science fiction, I do wish him luck with it. He just needs to remember that the fiction part is just as important as the science.

I'd recommend this book to people who don't mind long stretches of relative boredom in between short but enjoyable pieces of science.
  • Dancing Lion
Moonseed is a SF drama documenting the release on Earth of a planet-devouring nanovirus. The "Moonseed" infection starts in Scotland and induces an extremely ancient volcano to erupt again. Then the Moonseed continues spreading, apparently unstoppable as it heads down through the Earth's crust and towards the mantle where it would wreak complete havoc. So begins the desperate race to save humanity.
The geology and space travel aspects of this novel are thoroughly grounded in research, allowing Baxter to achieve tenability on top of the entertainment, unlike other sci-fi authors who are merely entertaining. Or even worse, unbelievable AND unentertaining (*cough* The Millennial Project *cough)! It's a hefty novel at over 650 pages, but it seemed much shorter to me due to the quick and continuous plot development. Being an engineer and amateur astronomer, my attention didn't wander during the more technical passages. In fact, I was captivated during Baxter's description of the voyage to the Moon and the sojourn there. If you're not technically inclined, perhaps 5-10% of the book may be heavy going. Fortunately, the other 90-95% is easily understood and enjoyed by the layman.
Thanks to the novel's level of science, I somewhat believe now that we could return to the Moon for under $2 billion if need be. I have a much better grasp now of the power of "Act of God" disasters like volcanoes and earthquakes. Areas that did not seem convincing to me: politics (funding without adequate explanations), speed of infrastructure failure (far too rapid), harenodynamics (wacky alternate method of landing on the Moon), Henry's solution (I won't spoil it here), and a few others. Also the Moonseed itself is not satisfactorily researched during the course of the book, although the ending implies that humanity is on its way to discovering its secrets.
The overall tone of the novel is somewhat pessimistic. I think the gloominess adds to the prose and makes it more believable; previous reviewers have construed it as evidence of Baxter's nihilism. Whether you appreciate the dark mood or not, there certainly are quite a few morbid scenes in the novel that are more for dramatic effect than enriching the plot. Characterization of the main players is decent (I really got to like Henry!) but there seems to be a bit of unnecessary quarreling. Geena seems to be in perpetual PMS. Minor characters are generally flat and underdeveloped.
Overall, recommended for sci-fi buffs and readers with an interest in end-of-the-world scenarios.
  • HappyLove
A pretty interesting book, but full of distracting plot holes - surprising from a sci-fi writer who grounds his books in the present day. It was enough to distract me from the story on numerous occasions, and especially to somewhat spoil the ending.

You're much better off reading the other two books in his so-called "NASA Trilogy", especially "Voyage".