Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Stephen Baxter – “Evolution”


The most compelling novel I have read for a long, long time. And that is what it spans – a long, long time. From the days of Primordial soup to some time in the future.
‘“Evolution” is a soaring symphony of struggle, extinction, and survival, a dazzling epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand drama of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous beauty.’
This is a book that can be compared to standing in the garden and staring at the stars on a dark bight. It puts one in one’s place and makes those day to day worries seem pretty trivial after all.

STEPHEN BAXTER is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton Universities (doctorate in aeroengineering research). Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the Year; he also won the John W. Campbell Award and the Philip K. Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships. He is currently working on his next novel, a collaboration with Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Mr. Baxter lives in Prestwood, England.

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