The Long Mars

The Long Mars

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From the combined talents of the UK's bestselling novelist and a giant of British science fiction comes the dazzling new chapter in the extraordinary and bestselling The Long Earth sequence.
     2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his request: he needs her help to trace an advanced alien technology which, he believes, will help mankind''s post-Yellowstone recovery. 
     Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. 
     For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear have caused 'normal' human society to turn against the Next, and the authorities, afraid of anything or anyone not deemed 'normal', order that all Next children be imprisoned. Joshua is determined to liberate the children -- and a dramatic showdown over the inhumanity of humans against their own kind seems inevitable.
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2014.
ISBN: 9780857521743
Characteristics: 363 pages :,illustration ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Baxter, Stephen


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Apr 14, 2015

Baxter and Pratchett weave three new threads into a wonderful tapestry, encompassing the first three novels of this series, and leaving me in suspense and eager anticipation of the final culmination of one of the best alternate/multiverse series I have ever read!

This is an excellent series due to the collabaration of two excellent F & SF authors.

Fantasy readers will complain, of course, because they live in a different world, and will be confused by the attention to scientific detail.

I have already put the final novel of this series, "The Long Utopia", on hold!

Dec 25, 2014

Third book in the series and as said by someone else it doesn't stand on its own. A lot going on and sub-leads from the previous books are continued.

While there is no sequel announced I don't think all the lose ends have been properly wrapped so there may be a big finish later on.

StevenRPL Sep 30, 2014

This, the third book in the ongoing series, expands on the future of humanity. It's now the mid-21st century, a couple dozen years after Humanity discovers a means to travel to parallel Earths. All are empty of intelligent life, so humans spread and settle onto thousands of worlds with plenty of space and plenty of resources. Nations spread their influence over their equivalent lands. But some worlds are dead, barren of life. If that's true, is there a Mars that does host life?

Aug 26, 2014

3rd book of the The Long ... series. Don't think it is a stand alone book- need to have read the first two, in order to understand what/who is going on.
Continues the interesting premise of traveling in parallel worlds, Earth, and then Mars.
Not a lot of plot, but some character development in previously met "protagonists". Joshua, Sally, Lobsang, Commander Maggie...
Sets the stage for another book yet.

Aug 21, 2014

As in the image associated with this novel, also called THE LONG #3 in THE LONG EARTH series.

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