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The Long Earth


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The UK's bestselling adult novelist and a giant of British science fiction combine forces to write the first novel in an astonishing, mind-bending new series...The Long Earth

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Author of the bestselling Discworld series, Terry Pratchett is one of the UK's most popular - and bestselling - writers. His books have sold over 65 million copies worldwide and been translated in to nearly 40 languages. He was awarded an OBE in 1998 and knighted in 2009 for his services to literature. He lives in Wiltshire.Stephen Baxter is one of the UK's most acclaimed writers of science fiction and a multi-award winner. His many books include the classic Xeelee sequence, the Time's Odyssey novels (written with Arthur C. Clarke) and Time Ships, a sequel to H G Wells' The Time Machine. He lives in Northumberland.


Step Day, 2015: the day that physicist Willis Linsay posts the plans for a simple electronic device on the Internet-a device that unlocks the door to a million parallel, seemingly uninhabited Earths and leads to a wholesale exodus of the adventurous, the oppressed, and the disaffected. Fast forward 15 years. One of the handful of natural "steppers"-people who can move from one world to the next without the device-is loner Joshua Valiente, who's ventured farther into the chain of alternate worlds than anyone else. He's enlisted by Lobsang (a late Tibetan motorcycle repairman who's been reincarnated as the world's smartest computer and is part owner of transEarth Technologies) to accompany him on an exploratory mission to find out if there's any end to the Long Earth. But what Joshua doesn't know is that some of the worlds are inhabited after all, just not by humans. Verdict Unlike Pratchett's previous collaborations (Good Omens with Neil Gaiman; The Science of Discworld with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen), this is a surprisingly serious and thought-provoking work, albeit one with unmistakably Pratchettesque flourishes of humor throughout. The overall tone is much closer to Baxter's excellent "Destiny's Children" series, with numerous diversions into alternate histories, evolutionary biology, and the search for the spiritual, both human and otherwise. Pratchett and Baxter fans will enjoy.-John Harvey, Irving P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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