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Penguin, May 4, 2010 - Fiction - 544 pages
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It's the year 2030. The oceans have risen rapidly, and soon the entire planet will be submerged. But the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away gives those who remain alive hope. Only a few will be able to make the journey-Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates. If she makes the cut, she will live. If not, she will be left to face a watery death...

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A story that initially had me cringing from bleeding heart political commentary about our current world, quickly cycloned into a fantastically dark vision of planetary disaster and stepping into the galaxy. Deeper into the story I was delighted with glimpses into the dark mind of Baxter. It falls short of epic but only by a few chapters. Still room for more story but would be better left unanswered by more books. I'd love to see if Baxter can try this story idea again. Humans, every one of them can multiply exponentially the intelligence of the universe. We are love and light and not separate from this universe in any way. More notes on this tone would have brought this story to EPIC. A great read. Ill read Flood next. 


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Chapter 12
Chapter 15
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Chapter 19
Chapter 25
Chapter 61
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Chapter 50
Chapter 53
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Chapter 75
Chapter 81
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Stephen Baxter was born in Liverpool, England, in 1957. He holds degrees in mathematics, from Cambridge University; engineering, from Southampton University; and business administration, from Henley Management College. He’s a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

His first professionally published short story appeared in 1987. He has been a full-time author since 1995 and is currently Vice-President of the British Science Fiction Association.

His science fiction novels have been published in the UK, the US, and in many other countries including Germany, Japan, France. His books have won several awards including the Philip K Dick Award, the John Campbell Memorial Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany) and the Seiun Award (Japan) and have been nominated for several others, including the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Hugo Award and Locus awards. He has also published over 100 sf short stories, several of which have won prizes. He can be found at

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