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  Stephen Baxter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stephen Baxter at the Science-Fiction-Tage NRW in Dortmund, Germany, March 1997
Stephen Baxter (born in Liverpool, 13 November 1957) is a British hard science fiction author.
Baxter also covers numerous other styles: his Mammoth stories, ostensibly for children, are often of great delight to adults, while The Time Ships (an authorised sequel to The Time Machine) is generally taken to be one of his greatest novels.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Stephen_Baxter   (581 words)

 Stephen Baxter, Science Fiction Writer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Stephen Baxter: Back to the Wells, in Locus, #423, April, 1996.
Stephen Baxter: Future Dilemmas, in Locus, #450, July, 1998.
Stephen Baxter: Alone in the Future, in Locus, #495, April, 2002.
www.hycyber.com /SF/baxter_stephen.html   (31 words)

 Stephen Baxter, Phase Space
Baxter's bodacious rabbit-from-the-hat is that the miner is in such a dire position that she has taken the ultimate solution the Fubar (fucked up beyond all repair) suit - she is disassembled from the neck down, to create a contained ecosystem inhabitated strange, miniaturised humans.
Baxter gets his info-dumping into the story in an ingenious way, although slightly awkwardly - journalist Kate Manzoni communes with her alter-ego AI, and the discussions between them have more than a whiff of a hint of e-mail exchanges between Baxter and his old mate Arthur C Clarke.
Baxter's writing is deceptively classy, smoothly carrying the reader along through rigorous scientific and societal developments, whilst all the time keeping questions about the nature of humanity, and humanity's place in the universe at the forefront.
www.bestsf.net /reviews/baxterphasespace.html   (2450 words)

 Pharyngula::Stephen Baxter's Evolution
Baxter has a good grasp of the power of evolution and the possibilities of change over long periods of time, and seems to be commendably well-read in at least the popular literature on the topic.
The source of the problem isn’t in Baxter’s lack of talent, but in the nature of the tale, which is perhaps a little too conscious of the issue of scientific realism to fit into a familiar dramatic mold.
Baxter does do a good job of making the accounts vivid, and personally I found them engaging and interesting, but not everyone is going to care for it.
pharyngula.org /index/weblog/comments/stephen_baxters_evolution   (3267 words)

 Stephen Baxter Coalescent: Denstiny's Children Book One Reviewed by Rick Kleffel
Baxter's prose is full of a sweet melancholy as he tells George Poole's story, shot through with pangs of bitterness and envy at the lives he has not lived.
In both segments, Baxter plays off the age-old device of the Catholic Church as the font of all conspiracies, even though his characters are not really part of the Catholic Church.
Baxter is a very, very clever man and he finds all sorts of advanced scientific concepts buried in an invisible past that he's woven with both power and care.
trashotron.com /agony/reviews/2003/baxter-coalescent.htm   (1130 words)

 Coalescent by Stephen Baxter - an infinity plus review
Stephen Baxter is a prolific writer whose oeuvre firmly establishes itself in the tradition of science fiction's most influential figures.
Baxter's evocation of the declining Roman Empire is tactile and intriguing, and his present-day plot is a thrilling page-turner.
Baxter ties together all of these disparate elements with consummate skill, creating a captivatingly original novel and introducing a universe that excites the imagination.
www.infinityplus.co.uk /fantasticfiction/coalescent.htm   (415 words)

 Locus Online: Stephen Baxter Interview Excerpts
Stephen Baxter earned degrees in mathematics and engineering, and worked as a teacher and engineer, before becoming a full-time writer in 1995.
Baxter writes primarily hard SF on a variety of themes, including geological change, space exploration, the destiny of life, and parallel universes.
Baxter is also a prolific writer of short fiction and essays, with collections including Traces (1998), Phase Space (2002), essay collections Deep Future and Omegatropic (both 2001), and mixed fiction/nonfiction collection The Hunters of Pangaea (2004).
www.locusmag.com /2004/Issues/08Baxter.html   (819 words)

 Cybamuse Independent Book Reviews - Science Fiction: Stephen Baxter
Possibly more disappointing of all is that right at the end, I swear Baxter starts contradicting himself and I was shocked to see the Malenfant one minute being able to do something that literally a paragraph later, they couldn't execute to save their lives in a similar scenario.
Baxter blends his knowledge of NASA with Earth's near future to bring the human race to the brink of destruction.
Baxter writes pure SF which is sure to have him ultimately ranked up there with Clarke and Asimov.
www.cybamuse.com /books/sf/baxter.htm   (880 words)

 Amazon.ca: Coalescent: Books: Stephen Baxter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Stephen Baxter's novel Coalescent explores the SF possibilities of our own evolution--and whether, like ants or naked mole rats, a human community could develop a hive mind.
Baxter switches effectively between harrowing historical narrative and the slow revelation of a threat whose understated chill is reminiscent of John Wyndham's quieter menaces.
Stephen Baxter is strongest when he is writing stories about space, but in this book, he is stranded on Earth.
www.amazon.ca /Coalescent-Stephen-Baxter/dp/0345457854   (1726 words)

 Stephen Baxter in Poland - British Council - Poland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Stephen Baxter, one of Britain’s premier science fiction writers, came to Poland at the invitation of the British Council to launch the Imagine This project.
As Vice President of the British Science Fiction Association and author of over 20 books (both on science fact and fiction), he was a perfect ambassador for the genre, and, in meetings with his readers over two days in Warsaw and Poznan, he spoke wittily and authoritatively on the subject.
But I couldn’t speak a foreign language and so I got rejected.’ Stephen talked on a range of subjects: how he first became interested in science fiction, authors who have influenced him, collaborating with the legendary Arthur C. Clarke, and which of his own books is his favourite.
www.britishcouncil.org /poland-stephen-baxter.htm   (465 words)

 Amazon.com: Exultant (Destiny's Children (Hardcover)): Books: Stephen Baxter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Baxter is a man of ideas, but it seems he is too busy pondering grand concepts to put them in the proper context of a good story.
Baxter's understanding of time dilation is keen, and he manages to explain it pretty well without using the typical deus-ex-machina style approach to it as other authors have.
Baxter may be trying to tie together all the conflicting technologies, characters, plots, and alien species of his other works into a unified body of work.
amazon.com /Exultant-Destinys-Children-Hardcover-Stephen/dp/0345457889   (2458 words)

 Stephen Baxter
Multiple award-winning author Stephen Baxter is one of today's hottest SF writers, intriguing readers with his clever scientific postulations, and entertaining them with his clean, straightforward storytelling skills.
Baxter has conquered hard science fiction with a string of well-received books, most notably his Manifold trilogy - but he has also delved into the unusual field of prehistoric SF with his Mammoth novels (which include Silverhair and Longtusk), about the last days of the wooly mammoth.
Stephen Baxter: My last series of books, Manifold, was about humanity's place in space - are we alone in the universe.
www.scifidimensions.com /Feb03/stephenbaxter.htm   (626 words)

 Stephen Baxter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Stephen Baxter is perhaps the most significant SF writer of his generation.
Stephen Baxter is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of, amongst others, The Time Ships, Titan and Moonseed.
Baxter is the most ambitious, most acclaimed, and most accomplished of a new generation of scientifically trained authors who are expanding the vision of science fiction and taking it to a new golden age.
www.twbooks.co.uk /authors/stephenbaxter.html   (1093 words)

 Stephen Baxter - Voyager Online
At one stage it looked as though he was set to be an astronaut, but fortunately – at least, for a whole generation of readers who have been inspired by his novels – Stephen Baxter preferred to voice his dreams on paper, and hasn't looked back since.
Originally a mathematician from Cambridge University, with a Phd from Southampton, Stephen sold his first short stories to Interzone in 1986, promptly becoming a prizewinner in the Writers of the Future contest.
Stephen is today described as the greatest science fiction writer of his generation, and compared in the same sentence with H. Wells and Arthur C. Clarke.
www.voyageronline.com.au /authors/profile.cfm?Author=10   (182 words)

 SF Hub: Stephen Baxter archive
Baxter made his publishing breakthrough in Interzone in 1987 with The Xeelee Flower and since then has published dozens of short stories and several novels, each with an emphasis on strong characterization, plausible science and imaginative story-telling.
The Stephen Baxter Archive is comprised of typescripts, outlines, proofs and related essays of most of his published short stories and novels, including The Time Ships, Moonseed and the Mammoth series.
All material in the Stephen Baxter Archive is available to researchers for consultation in the University of Liverpool Library's Special Collections and Archives Reading Room by prior arrangement.
www.sfhub.ac.uk /Baxter.htm   (451 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Time: Books: Stephen Baxter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Stephen Baxter, Britain's foremost author of "hard" SF rooted in real physics, is renowned for thinking big.
Baxter pays homage to the transformations of Clarke's Childhood's End (there's also a nod to 2001), but without the mysticism: it's all respectable, if speculative, physics.
Stephen Baxter combines his ability to grip the reader with an extremely engaging plot and to challenge your mind with his ideas.
www.amazon.co.uk /Time-Stephen-Baxter/dp/0006511821   (1280 words)

 Stephen Baxter - Bibliography
Stephen Baxter's first novel, Raft is set in a universe where the force of gravity is ten million times stronger than in our own.
Stephen Baxter's first Alternate History novel, Anti-Ice is set in a Victorian world whose technology and politics have been radically altered by the discovery of an astonishingly powerful new energy source.
Perhaps Stephen Baxter's most acclaimed novel to date, The Time Ships is far more than just being the authorized sequel to H G Wells' classic The Time Machine.
homepage.mac.com /sjbradshaw/baxterium/bax_biblio.html   (877 words)

 Stephen Baxter's Space Arks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Appropriately enough as we cross the psychological divide of a new millennium, two of Baxter's novels in particular-- Ring and Titan -- are interesting as variations of the oldest apocalyptic story, the Deluge.
Baxter depicts the voyage with his customary attention to realism and detail, but Titan is not a tale of high adventure and derring-do, nor a gritty human drama.
Baxter goes on to decry the corruption and organization infighting of the late 1970s, the incompetence of the 1980s and the blundering small-mindedness of the "faster, better, cheaper" 1990s.
www.space.com /sciencefiction/books/baxter_apocalypse_000501.html   (820 words)

 Stephen Baxter, Titan
But Baxter is British, not American; his literary models also include Wells, Stapledon, and Clarke, whose philosophical melancholy is at odds with easy free-market optimism, with unambiguous us-versus-them morality and glib technospeak.
Baxter, having produced a sweeping five-volume cosmic future history (the ‘Xeelee’ series) and two steampunk pastiches of the Victorian Scientific Romance (Anti-Ice and The Time Ships), has in the last two years turned to thrillers of NASA in space, but they are thrillers of an ironic savagery rarely seen in SF.
But Baxter is in fact declaring: this did not happen; Mars missions were never realistic; we would have lost the space shuttle, the unmanned probes, orbital satellites, all sacrificed to budget a one-off forty-million mile jaunt.
www.geocities.com /Area51/Rampart/2547/skyj.htm   (504 words)

 Amazon.fr : Manifold: Time: Livres en anglais: Stephen Baxter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Leave it to the consistently clever Stephen Baxter to pull the old bait and switch.
Baxter is well known for both realistic near-future, alternate-history novels (Voyage) and the wildest sort of hard-science speculation (Flux; Timelike Infinity).
In this first volume in his Manifold trilogy, he combines both types of story, beginning with what appears to be the straightforward tale of Reid Malenfant, a millionaire industrialist who tries to circumvent a near-moribund NASA and start his own on-the-cheap space program.
www.amazon.fr /Manifold-Time-Stephen-Baxter/dp/034543076X   (590 words)

 'Manifold: Time' Starts SF Trilogy with Apocalyptic Bang
In fact, when it comes right down to it, there's more Stephen Baxter in all of the characters than is usual in his books.
Several of the characters even remark that their adventures are like a story, and many of their thoughts clearly represent Baxter's own arguments with himself.
That's exactly what Baxter is trying to do here, both as an individual and as a member of the human species.
www.space.com /sciencefiction/books/manifold_time_000125.html   (702 words)

 Amazon.com: Manifold: Time: Books: Stephen Baxter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Baxter, like Woody Allen in one of his films, is apparently in a funk because the universe is expanding and will eventually wither away by heat death.
Stephen Baxter early on provides a mind-blowing ride from the beginning of the universe through the end of time.
Stephen Baxter and several other new writers are continuously compared to Arthur C. Clark, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and other of the all-time greats.
www.amazon.com /Manifold-Time-Stephen-Baxter/dp/034543076X   (3011 words)

 Strange Horizons Reviews: Emperor by Stephen Baxter, reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont
Baxter's vision of history is that of an engineer, not of a historian or a social scientist.
By contrast, Baxter's Roman Britain feels trapped in aspic, as if all the technology on display were already behind a glass case in some museum.
When you try, as Baxter does, to replace Big Ideas with bits of sponge tied to a stick, you are left with a book that is dry, tedious, and an ordeal to get through.
www.strangehorizons.com /reviews/2006/07/emperor.shtml   (945 words)

 Amazon.fr : Manifold: Space: Livres en anglais: Stephen Baxter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Stephen Baxter follows up his Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee Manifold: Time with the second book in the Manifold series, Manifold: Space.
Baxter, who won the John W. Campbell Award and the Philip K. Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships, orchestrates a stunning array of scientific possibilities in Manifold: Space.
Philip K. Dick Award-winner Baxter packs his gigantic odyssey with innovative hypotheses, fascinating explanations of complex scientific phenomena and gorgeous descriptions of spaceships.
www.amazon.fr /Manifold-Space-Stephen-Baxter/dp/0345430786   (739 words)

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