[Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ


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  • Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2
  • Stephen Baxter
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  • 06 May 2020
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review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter × 3 review read & download Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2 Ith unlimited numbers of ebooks The ISBN is for the hardback but this is an ebook edition Last and First Con The title Last and First Contacts is a play on Olaf Stapledon s Last and First Men and Stapledon s influence is evident in several of the stories in this collection I enjoyed the sweeping cosmological scale against which pieces like In the Abyss of Time are set but also the intimate atmosphere of some of the other stories I hadn t read anything by Baxter before but his style here struck me as something of a throwback to an earlier classical form of situational sci fi where the emphasis lies on the exploration of a core concept than on the resolution of the action very much along the lines of Arthur C Clarke s Odyssey or Rama books That s not necessarily a bad thing in itself I uite enjoy that style In this collection however several of the stories ended with me thinking Yes and There seemed to be a final beat missing This was of a problem in the first half of the book notably in Erstkontakt and Halo GhostsSeveral elements and concepts surfaced repeatedly across different stories inhuman consciousness and intelligence indistinctly seen aliens journeying Nazis stromatolites and religion specifically Catholicism I was pleased to see the latter treated gently given how religious belief is so freuently ridiculed in modern science fictionAll in all this collection was a bit of a mixed bag My favorites were Last Contact and The Pacific Mystery while No More Stories hit the other end of the spectrum I would prefer to give this 3 12 stars but rounding down that leaves us with a three White Nights read anything by Baxter before but his style here struck me as something of a throwback to an earlier classical form of situational sci fi where the emphasis lies on the exploration of a core concept than on the Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash Sammy Keyes resolution of the action very much along the lines of Arthur C Clarke s Odyssey or Rama books That s not necessarily a bad thing in itself I uite enjoy that style In this collection however several of the stories ended with me thinking Yes and There seemed to be a final beat missing This was of a problem in the first half of the book notably in Erstkontakt and Halo GhostsSeveral elements and concepts surfaced The Weight of Ink repeatedly across different stories inhuman consciousness and intelligence indistinctly seen aliens journeying Nazis stromatolites and The Unicorn in the Barn religion specifically Catholicism I was pleased to see the latter treated gently given how Fetch religious belief is so freuently Casos De Direito Galáctico E Outros Textos Esquecidos ridiculed in modern science fictionAll in all this collection was a bit of a mixed bag My favorites were Last Contact and The Pacific Mystery while No More Stories hit the other end of the spectrum I would prefer to give this 3 12 stars but Tales of the Unquiet Gods rounding down that leaves us with a three

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review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter × 3 review read & download Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2 Tacts is a collection of eleven short stories written by Stephen Baxter and selected by him for this edition A collection of mostly recent short stories by Baxter A good number of the stories cover Baxter s familiar territory of vast sweeps of time and the fate of humanity as a minor part of a large universe My favorites in here were The Children of Time human survival over the next billion years The Pacific Mystery alternate history with a rift in the middle of the Pacific that prevents circumnavigation of the globe Last Contact cosmic inflation leads to the end of the universe and In the Abyss of Time time travel to the end of time Some of the other stories are fairly minor but the whole collection is worth reading

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review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter × 3 review read & download Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2 Imaginings is a project from NewCon Press in the UK producing a limited number of signed hardback editions w I love science fiction because I love the journey of imagination into the human species possible futures And for reasons I m not totally sure of Stephen Baxter is one of my favourite sci fi writerscorrect thathe is the only sci fi author I read these daysSurely all of us are fascinated by the future and by the big scientific and political uestions and challenges that humankind will face as we trace the contours of our past and present and try to imagine them into our future The biggest uestion of all I guess is whether we will ever have the technological capability to find and explore other habitable worlds and their inhabitants And by the time we do what will our world look like politically and economically Will as Baxter suggests in one of the short stories in this collection space exploration be led and conducted by the private sector Will there still be a private sectorPerhaps I enjoy Baxter s writing so much for three reasonsFirstly as Ian Whates points out in his introduction to this collection of Baxter s short stories Baxter knows his scientific stuff so his imaginings of the future are based on seemingly profound knowledge of present day science and where it may be leading us so much so in fact that I often struggle to understand some of the scienceSecondly Baxter seems to have a deep sense and knowledge of history His one story in this anthology based on Nazi research during the Second World War on rockets speculates on the arrival of an alien spaceship near their research site and the Nazi s plans to use the alien technology to start an inter galactic war Nice detail scientific political and personal in the storyThirdly Baxter has a fine sense of the interplay between the big things very big things in some cases and the mundanely human and personal The last story in the anthology tells the tale of a mother in rural England and her astrophysicist daughter waiting out the Big Rip when dark energy a real scientific concept permeates the universe gains precedence over gravity and eventually rips everything apart down to molecular level Not the end of the world but the end of everything of all matter The daughter is the scientist who has predicted the exact date and time of the Big Rip Her mother knowing that all is to end continues to nurse and plan her little domestic gardenSome of the stories in this collection are not so good a little bland mundane and perhaps hastily put together But there are mainly gemsThe only problem I have with Stephen Baxter is that he has not written enough works to satiate my appetite for good thoughtful realistic and imaginative science fiction


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  1. says: [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ

    [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ Last and First Contacts was an expected little romp of short sci fi stories Most enjoyable some meh with some gems I figure I'll just blurb about all of themErstkontaktErstkontakt takes place in WWII on the Nazi side An alien euivalent of a rover arrives from Alpha Centauri and lands in the lap of Werner von Braun's rocket research facility The story is mainly meant to foreshadow the possible implications of s

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    Stephen Baxter × 3 review [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ Great collectionThis is a well written set of short stories Refreshingly old school sci fi Made me think of some of the older sci fi legends

  3. says: review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter × 3 review read & download Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2

    Stephen Baxter × 3 review [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ I love science fiction because I love the journey of imagination into the human species' possible futures And for reasons I'm not totally sure of Stephen Baxter is one of my favourite sci fi writerscorrect thathe is the only sci fi author I read these daysSurely all of us are fascinated by the future and by the big scientific and political uestions and challenges that humankind will face as we trace the contours of our

  4. says: [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ

    [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ The title Last and First Contacts is a play on Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men and Stapledon's influence is evident in several of the stories in this collection I enjoyed the sweeping cosmological scale against which pieces like I

  5. says: [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter × 3 review

    [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ I read a couple of Baxter novels a year or two ago but this is the first time I’ve read any of his short stories As with any collection I found some very good stories and a couple of stories that didn’t resonate to the same degree Every reader will have his or her own favorites Baxter’s stories involve grand cosmological concepts unfolding over vast sweeps of time or space and several alternate histories including one of my favorite

  6. says: [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter

    [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ This is a book of short stories by Stephen Baxter who I feel is one of the best authors writing hard science fiction I read this book as an ebook While I have enjoyed his novels and longer works this was a nice little diversion Some nice ideas were tossed about and explored For someone new to the author or science fiction I would not recommend this book only because I feel some of this work is a bit too subtle and uiet in its story telling

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    review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ Stephen Baxter × 3 review A collection of mostly recent short stories by Baxter A good number of the stories cover Baxter's familiar territory of vast sweeps of time and the fate of humanity as a minor part of a large universe My favorites in here were The Children of Time human survival over the next billion years The Pacific Mystery alternate history with a rift in the middle of the Pacific that prevents circumnavigation of the globe

  8. says: read & download Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2 Stephen Baxter × 3 review review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter

    [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter × 3 review Low character developmen

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    [Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2] EBOOK READ Love Baxter's short stories Such a buffet but always a thread tying them together

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    review à eBook or Kindle ePUB × Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter × 3 review read & download Last and First Contacts Imaginings #2 The curse of the short story collection the ones I like I wish would be longer The ones I don't like seem to drag on and get no where

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