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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 we have to accept those premises as feasible.So the science is intriguing, but this is SF what about the fiction Highly incompetent This was Baxter s first ever novel, I believe, and it amply shows.I read half of it Seven chapters out of sixteen My patience came to an end. This story is built around a fantastic idea of increased gravity and it s very interesting for that, but by the end I found myself rather disappointed in how thin the characters are and how little I cared that humanity actually survived in this situation There s a lot of aging male scientists getting excited over hypotheses and very little genuine human feeling So I d say this fits in perfectly with older science fiction that s known better for developing ideas than for developing characters. #Free Pdf ⚸ Raft Î Alternate Cover Edition Can Be Found Here Stephen Baxter S Highly Acclaimed First Novel And The Beginning Of His Stunning Xeelee Sequence A Spaceship From Earth Accidentally Crossed Through A Hole In Space Time To A Universe Where The Force Of Gravity Is One Billion Times As Strong As The Gravity We Know Somehow The Crew Survived, Aided By The Fact That They Emerged Into A Cloud Of Gas Surrounding A Black Hole, Which Provided A Breathable Atmosphere Five Hundred Years Later, Their Descendants Still Struggle For Existence, Divided Into Two Main Groups The Miners Live On The Belt, A Ramshackle Ring Of Dwellings Orbiting The Core Of A Dead Star, Which They Excavate For Raw Materials These Can Be Traded For Food From The Raft, A Structure Built From The Wreckage Of The Ship, On Which A Small Group Of Scientists Preserve The Ancient Knowledge Which Makes Survival Possible Rees Is A Miner Whose Curiosity About His World Makes Him Stow Away On A Flying Tree Just One Of The Many Strange Local Lifeforms Carrying Trade Between The Belt And The Raft 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 drawn better than the supporting cast of a Doctor Who story, but there s no Doctor or Master or even Adric character to liven things up a bit I m willing to cut SF a little slack I know it s meant to be about the ideas but there s plenty of people who can do this kind of high concept stuff with a decent level of writing Adam Roberts comes to mind That said, I understand this was a debut and Baxter has changed a bit in the intervening two decades I bought this as part of a Meemstiff Trilogy Xeelee Sequence omnibus, so I guess I ll give the rest of it a go Though it looks like there s going to be space Ents. 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 There are some highly imaginative things that take place that make this story fun than plausible Baxter writing style reminded me of the style of Greg Egan.Simply amazing science fiction that will have me grabbing book two.Highly recommended for fans of the genre. See another version of this review on my blog 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 vanilla teenage boy discovers he s special and turns into an odyssey messiah story as Rees, the aforementioned boy, goes on an epic adventure, figures out how to save part of humanity, and ends up as the reluctant leader Some of the characters are interesting, but honestly, you re probably not a Stephen Baxter fan for the plot and characters It s his patented Big Ideas you re after And there are plenty of those.The universe here is weird, really, really weird Gravity is one billion times stronger than in our universe, so humans are big enough to exert a noticeable gravitational pull on one another The humans, who are descendants of humans who mistakenly entered this universe hundreds of years earlier, live in a nebula and harvest the cores of dead stars for minerals Some of them live on the eponymous Raft, while others are miners in the Belt, and a few live in an even weirder place There are space whales and flying trees And Your imagination may not be able to keep up Mine couldn t keep up with everything, but it sure was fun trying.In addition to the philosophical, mind expanding fun of imagining this universe, there s some food for thought about the value of curiosity, scientific reasoning, and imagination Rees starts to fear that the nebula is dying, but nobody around him cares He stows away on a flying tree to the Raft where he meets some Scientists, the only people dedicated to keeping the old knowledge from the original crew alive Eventually there s an ill advised revolution where people destroy much of the scientific knowledge that could save them, but then again, the miners were being exploited economically, so they kind of had a point There s a lot far too much, I think, for such a relatively short novel I like short books and I almost never want a book to be longer, but this one could use another hundred or so pages to flesh things out.Another message of the book is that we re all in this together It may be the best and brightest who save the day, but we re all human, no matter which universe we live in And there s something valuable about humanity that s worth hanging on to for at least a little bit longer.This is the first of the Xeelee sequence, but I don t think it really does much with the main elements of that series It just takes place in the same multi verse maybe , but it does make me keen to read of the Xeelee books. 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 it s unlikely he would ever crack a 5 5 from me Like some, I was put off by the flying trees a bit but I see that Baxter was trying to get our lost cousins to use their environment More such references may have earned another star from me, but that s my personal preference Having now read three of the Xeelee sequence books, and having asked the question myself before picking this up, I do recommend starting with Raft and reading forward I like reading a series in publication order, simply because the author s ideas evolve as he moves along. 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 in our own universe That makes for some spectacular sights small, dense nebulas instead of broad galaxies, stars tens of meters in radius, burning through their life in couple of years, leaving dense iron core, new forms of life vast, transparent whales, and small skywolves, and flying trees, migrating endlessly between the nebulas and spreading the life through the universe.To that strange universe came humans by accident in a starship, which collapsed under its own gravity Surviving humans took broken remains of their ship, and slowly carved a place for themselves, mining star cores for metal, harnessing flying trees as a means of propulsion, building dwellings from parts of the hull, which became miners homes and Raft main city Thousands of years later, their nebula is close to dying, its hydrogen depleted, and survival once again imperative But the society is a broken machine Scientists hoarding the knowledge, Officers hoarding the power, Raft hoarding the food and water, miners dying in accidents and from starvation Only way of humans surviving is migrating, like the whales, on the last piece of technology capable of enduring the journey in a gravitational slingshot around the nebula core But there is space only for a tiny fraction of humanity In a sense of hard sf, I have nothing to fault this story imagination of it left me breathless but to be perfect I d like much character development I know that it s not primary for the story, but it would be nice, and I think the story would have benefited from depth of human perspective Don t get me wrong I like characters, they are curious, and brave, and likable, but it would not be characters that I would remember when I recall this story Which is the point, I suppose But it s just personal preference This is very highly recommended 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 have a fairly tenuous grasp of science like I have The setting of Raft is weird and I personally don t think Baxter explained it very clearly, I think a prologue or some kind of expository chapter would have come in very handy In any case, not wanting to give up on Baxter I asked around for a reading order of the Xeelee Sequence and received several suggestions that Timelike Infinity should be read first which I duly did and I quite enjoyed, a lot of the science still escaped me but the story is easy enough to follow and quite enjoyable Then I read Ring which is marked as 4 in the series but actually follows directly from Timelike Infinity I am actually reading these books as parts of the Xeelee omnibus edition saves money you know Anyway, Raft and Flux can be read as standalone novels, and I find that they are easier to understand after reading Timelike Infinity and Ring first.OK, enough longwinded intro, on with the longwinded review On this second attempt of reading Raft I do find it much easier to follow and it may be the best of the three Xeelee volumes I read so far Flux is TBR The first chapter throws the reader into the weird setting of a universe where humans are for some reason to be revealed in alter volumes living in a nebula Gravity is much heavier than our own beloved 1 gee and the people are scattered among The Raft a floating flat metallic manmade structure , The Belt mines located on burned out star kernels and a tiny worldlet occupied by Boneys humans who are somewhat deformed from living near the nebula s core where gravity very heavy 5 gees I think In this first chapter Rees the young protagonist is working in a foundry on The Belt and he somehow manages to stowaway on a floating tree to travel to The Raft in search of knowledge to satisfy his inquisitive nature I am not quite clear on how these floating tree things work but they are basically used as crappy, very hard to maneuver little spaceships.Anyway, once I became acclimatized to the unusual setting the story is quite straightforward Basically the tiny sun in this nebula is dying which means that the nebula will soon be unable to sustain life In order to avoid extinction the humans need to find some way of migrating from this dying nebula to a nicely functioning one.What I know about nebula can be written on a postage stamp and leave enough room for a queen s entire head but the novel s plot trajectory which is actually a keyword for this book is easy to follow It is a fairly exciting romp, with a race against time and Baxter even manages to squeeze in some social commentary concerning class systems and equality As with all Baxter books I have read a lot of the science is beyond me but he is a skilled enough storyteller to convey the story His prose is sparse as always, but he did make a valiant effort at characterization, I don t think this is his forte but it would be unfair and unkind to call his characters two dimensional 2.5 dimensional may be His dialogue is not too bad but the characters still have a tendency to growl a lot I imagine that is what members of his household do at dinner time.In spite of my complaint this is an enjoyable read, full of great sci fi ideas If you have a good grounding in science, especially physics you will probably have a field day Onward to Flux then 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 that follows an ignorant young man as he fulfils his obvious potential to save the human race His exploits all serve a purpose, each phase in his life preparing him unknowingly for the denouement Said like that, it sounds quite dull but the ideas and style adopted by Baxter are what makes this stand out from your run of the mill swords and dragons fantasy epic that eat this formula for breakfast.As a reader we take the journey with Rees, we are slowly educated as he is, Baxter drip feeding us information about this world, so that we learn only what the character would learn This works wonderfully, allowing the imagination to run riot, questioning and reading multiple reasons for every new piece of unexplained information, excited to discover just what the hell is going on For me, even reaching the conclusion my imagination was wondering what was going to be waiting for me on the final pages, populating them with all kinds of shocks, twists and macabre deaths.And it is this that makes what would ordinarily be a run of the mill story, a novel I really enjoyed This is not an incredible work of art, or a fantastic achievement in the genre that might otherwise get rated so highly BUT it is a highly enjoyable read nonetheless.There are two quite disturbing chapters in this book, they follow one after the other too the world of The Boneys is truly gross and unexpected and the chapter with the space whale was again totally unexpected and perhaps one of the strangest chapters of any book that isn t deliberately weird from start to finish I ve ever read.I m very happy to have read this, I can t imagine a welcoming introduction to the work of somebody considered a modern master of science fiction.