An awe-inspiring Planetary Romance from Terry Pratchett's co-author on the Long Earth Books
The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light ...
The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun - and (in this fiction), the nearest to host a world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. But Proxima IV is unlike Earth in many ways. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, it keeps one face to its parent star at all times. The 'substellar point', with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the 'antistellar point' on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world?
Yuri Jones, with 1,000 others, is about to find out ...
PROXIMA tells the amazing tale of how we colonise a harsh new eden, and the secret we find there that will change our role in the Universe for ever.
Nearly as poor as coalescent. Baxter disappoints again. I don't know where to start.
Characters - hollow unbelievable with little in the way of real human motivations where applicable.
Concepts - tired unoriginal and uninspiring. But worse little attempt is made to expand on or provide the fictional conceptual principals behind what there is.
Fictional society - high school standard and again unoriginal and uninspiring in its conception. You gain no sense of the cultures of the factions involved or how the population live.
Plot - slow with telegraphed lame twists which were actually barely curved....
Read "The Quantum Thief" or something by Hamilton instead.
Disappointed I let Baxter take another lazy poop in my imagination. Not for true Sci-fi fans.