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This is another of those novels that really gives your imagination a workout The universe Baxter envisions here is probably as weird as they come What I really liked about Raft, was that the reading style was actually quite accessible, considering the science behind all of this Hard science it is, too Infused with wonder, the world of Raft is discovered little by little as the reader follows the revelations and discoveries of the protagonist, who starts the story with about as much knowledge as [...]
What a nice surprise this was A highly entertaining science fiction adventure story from an author I have been informed is synonymous with hard SF, huge ideas and complex explanations.I bought this one over a year ago and totally forgot about it My recent exploration of new authors with the reading of The Mammoth Book of Future Cops encouraged me to try some Baxter, at which point I saw this book sitting on my overpopulated sci fi shelf.It was a remarkably easy read a traditional adventure story [...]
The first time I attempted to read Raft I gave up after may be 20 pages I just could not make head or tail of it It was my first Stephen Baxter book and I almost gave up on him Still, he is one of the most highly regarded science fiction authors working today and I just have to keep up with the sci fi Jones Baxter s best known work is probably the Xeelee Sequence of which Raft is said to be the first volume in publication order However, I do not recommend reading Raft first, especially if you ha [...]
It s easy to imagine that in his folder of notes for Raft, Baxter has reams and reams of sums and diagrams detailing how the unusual and varied gravitational set up in this book hangs together Maybe he even wrote a little program that shows animations of weird orbital mechanics I d like to see that Sadly, I doubt he can have written than half a page on the characters who populate the tale, in pretty much the same sense that NPCs populate a Dungeons Dragons module Really, no one in the book is d [...]
5 Stars Raft by Stephen Baxter is an intelligent, creative, and thought provoking science fiction novel It border lines being a hard science novel as much of the physics, chemistry, and astronomy are worked out by the characters of the novel.I should have reviewed this the moment that I finished it as I loved this book The whole concept of the Raft like world, the nebula, and the caste system of the humans was remarkable I loved the science involved and the way that this story unfolded around it [...]
See another version of this review on my blog examinedworlds 20 If you like hard SF in general or Stephen Baxter in particular, you ll probably like this It definitely has an old timey Arthur C Clarke feel to it, right down to the fact that this universe apparently contains precisely two women okay, that s slightly unfair, since there are other women mentioned in the background, but the reader only gets to know two of them Nonetheless, there is an awful lot to like.The plot starts out as a plain [...]
There is nothing in the world of literature that conveys such wonder and love of understanding and knowledge as good hard science fiction It s really fantasy at its best It s protagonists are not really main characters in the book, but world, universe itself humans in it just provide human eyes and emotions through which we experience the beauty.This book is not an a exception we find ourselves in the whole different universe, the one in which gravitational force in billions times stronger then [...]
This is an alternate universe, lost technology survival story I enjoyed this one A universe where gravity is exponentially stronger than on Earth is definitely a cool breeding ground for ideas My one nagging comment is that I was enad with the universe and the back story than what was actually happening on the page I really wanted about how the ship got there and what those first minutes would have been like As with all Baxter books I ve read, characters take a back seat to ideas, which is why [...]
What a way to start a series Damn Good Creative Vivid Imagination, This Waiting to start the next one in the series, soooon.
Reasonably entertaining novel, although some paper thin characterisations, especially of the bit part actors such as the giant miner, the undeveloped love interest, and the boneys It felt a bit dated and even a bit ludicrous in parts, especially when it comes to some of the scatological descriptions relieving yourself out of the stomach of a living, rotating, whale whilst travelling through a nebula Some of the technical explanations seemed unrealistic too, although I m no scientist, I would hav [...]
Ce roman part d un postulat fascinant et si la constante gravitationnelle tait des milliers de fois inf rieure celle de notre univers Les plan tes et les toiles seraient infiniment plus petites, la gravit d un simple tre humain serait sensible, et la vie locale serait r ellement tr s diff rente.Bon, par contre, projeter des humains dans cet univers est une t che bien difficile, et je trouve que l auteur y choue un peu envoyer a par un vaisseau qui passe travers un anneau magique , puis laisser c [...]
Wrecked somewhere in another universe, a group of humans survive badly around a dead or undeveloped star, mining its iron to feed their machines, breathing oxygen from a pink nebula that surrounds it, and getting their food and water manufactured by robots at the ship that by accident brought them here And they are close to a black hole, that too.It is hard to believe that all that is possible in combination, but Baxter is a practitioner of hard science fiction, himself a respected scientist So [...]
Bingo I found a new favorite author This book combines the various elements I enjoy a hard technology perspective set in a fantastical environment with understandable believable characters The scenario and situation Baxter weaves is so fantastic, yet peppered with enough real science to make it an engaging and fascinating read one of the enjoyable reads I ve come across in the past few months.This is the first of many books in Baxter s Xeelee Sequence and I m now looking forward to reading the [...]
Weird, but infantile The hero goes from impossible problem to impossible er problem and you can t feel for him because, obviously, he d come out triumphant The worlds depicted are marvellous, really, but very improbable This is not hard sci fi, despite posing a such This is fantasy than science The Fountain comic and movie were based on Raft I think I couldn t stop thinking and relating the trees flying across the nebula from this book and The Fountain.
The book deals with a small civilization of human beings that are the descendants of a crew that by some unexplained fluke ended up in another universe where the power of gravity is a whopping factor of a billion stronger than in this one.That has fun consequences, like stars being correspondingly smaller and the nebula as a whole having a breathable atmosphere.It s tagged as hard science fiction, but frankly the science of this is pretty squishy Among the notable errors are view spoiler Gravit [...]
The book does a good job of show not tell in the beginning as you learn about the universe along with the main character Fairly shallow character development, some plot points are glossed over and time jumps I m assuming this book is merely a framework for the later installments in the series Easy reading.
Some fun ideas and a setting in the style of Larry Niven at his imaginative, dreadful cardboard characters though and very little tension our hero is too capable no matter the odds Definitely reads like a first novel Niven s Integral Trees and the Smoke Ring explore a similar setting with a lot style.
All the human interaction and events are so implausible and forced It s a cool science concept with a mediocre story tacked on.
4 stars Metaphorosis ReviewsAn Earth ship somehow crossed to a universe where gravity is much powerful Centuries later, the survivors have broken into three loosely connected groups the Raft, the Belt, and the Boneys Now, their world is dying, and the groups must come together to survive Raft is Stephen Baxter s first book, and the first of his that I encountered I also think it s his best book While Baxter normally focuses on solid science, this book does a considerable amount of hand waving t [...]
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Hard science pulp survival piece, centered around the remnants of a human starship crew who stumbled through some sort of gate into a universe with physical laws differing from their native space Namely, gravity is the dominant force, affecting the composition of everything from stars to life Many generations later, the small civilization must find a way to survive revolution, revolt, and eventual escape from their surroundings in order to preserve what remains of the human race in the alien uni [...]
Maybe 3.5 stars While there s some good SF in this universe, the book belongs to the humans losing their science and tech subgenre And that s not my preference Also, I read it as the first Xeelee book and was disappointed that the Xeelee weren t there It also falls into the interesting setting but too much about humans squabbling type as far as my tastes go.
Sorry book club
Didn t love it, didn t hate it.I don t really recommend this to anybody.
I did not plan on reading this at all it caught my eye in a used book sale and I took a chance.It s not a difficult read but it s heavy if a little inconsistent on the physics which is always appreciated It s certainly the most scientific non textbook I ve read in a while, though my metric soul spent a lot of time flinching at the yard heavy measurements.The world universe is very odd but it works the ideas are outlandish and I loved them With equal measures ick and awe, the book really is a rem [...]
Clearly reminiscent of Niven s The Integral Trees and Smoke Ring, with the added twist of taking place in a universe with different laws of physics it s certainly an interesting concept, and it s handled well as far as that goes.Unfortunately I found the tone to be too grim and dystopian for my taste Yes, the characters find themselves in excruciating circumstances, and I can sympathize and be impressed with Rees for acting in the best way he can under those circumstances But the squalid situati [...]
This was the most electrifying sci fi writing I ve read in awhile Baxter s writing resonated with me in a way no other sci fi writer has yet the characters and their respective development especially Rees transformation from a curious and sheltered miner into a determined and inquisitive scientist , the seamless integration of established science concepts and extrapolated exotic ones like gravitic science , his imaginative hypothesizing within a many universes paradigm, and the air of mystery th [...]
Humans in a race against time to escape a dying world, followed by the race to survive to a new one good premise I hear you say Well it is, the trouble is that it s also been done in Flood and Ark by the same author, which I ve already read The themes and structure between the two are very similar, which spoiled Raft for me a little That, combined with the fairly weak clich d characters who often feel like they re taken from a cheap 1960s pulp sci fi novel made me feel as if the book was an oppo [...]
This is Stephen Baxter s debut novel, and it was the first of his that I tried, and I have to say oh boy, I was not ready for this kind of extreme science fiction.All there is to it is an idea its setting The author does not bother with character development, or any decent plot The exploration of the very original setting takes up the bulk of this novel.
This is a space opera at it s core With a Hard Sci Fi flavor Don t be discouraged by the Hard Sci Fi label that this book gets though If you ever took a physics class you ll be fine It s mostly about the adventure anyways.