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.
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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.
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.