Half a million years in the future, on a dead, war-ravaged world at the centre of the Galaxy, there is a mile-high statue of Michael Poole.
Poole, born on Earth in the fourth millennium, was one of mankind's most influential heroes. He was not a warrior, not an emperor. He was an engineer, a builder of wormhole transit systems. But Poole's work would ultimately lead to a vast and destructive conflict, a million-year war between humanity and the enigmatic, powerful aliens known as the Xeelee.
The Xeelee won, but at a huge cost. And, defeated in a greater war, the Xeelee eventually fled the universe. Most of them.
A handful were left behind, equipped with time travel capabilities, their task to tidy up: to reorder history more to the Xeelee's liking. That million-year war with humankind was one blemish. It had to be erased. And in order to do that, a lone Xeelee was sent back in time to remove Michael Poole from history . . .
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As far as I am aware, I have never read the signs fiction book or novel relating to the removal of the planet earth from within its home solar system. I often wondered, as I am an avid Syfy reader, that I would eventually come across such a story.
This particular novel, for me, started off almost annoyingly predictive, until it really started to take shape, just before the dive into the Sun by Poole, himself.
Baxter’s books, that I have read, I have never let me down in my ultimate expectations and this one is included in that group. The probability of science cheating with Baxter has outlined in the series put forward to explain the how and the why is very realistic indeed.
I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading redemption the sequel.
Excellent work Stanley keep it up if you can.