Transcendent

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 29, 2005 - Fiction - 488 pages
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Stephen Baxter’s gripping page-turners are feats of bold speculation and big ideas that, for all their time-and-space-spanning grandeur, remain firmly rooted in scientific fact and cutting-edge theory. Now Baxter is back with the final volume in his monumental Destiny’s Children trilogy, a tour de force in which parallel stories unfold–and then meet as humanity stands poised on the brink of divine providence . . . or extinction.

DESTINY’S CHILDREN
TRANSCENDENT

It is the year 2047, and nuclear engineer Michael Poole is still in the throes of grief. His beloved wife, Morag, died seventeen years ago, along with their second child. Yet Michael is haunted by more than just the memory of Morag. On a beach in Miami, he sees his dead wife. But she vanishes as suddenly as she appears, leaving no clue as to her mysterious purpose.

Alia was born on a starship, fifteen thousand light years from Earth, five hundred thousand years after the death of Michael Poole. Yet she knows him intimately. In this distant future, when humanity has diversified as a species and spread across the galaxy, every person is entrusted with the duty of Witnessing the life of one man, woman, or child from the past, recovered by means of a technology able to traverse time itself. Alia’s subject is Michael Poole.

When his surviving, estranged son is injured, Michael tries to reconnect with him–and to stave off a looming catastrophe. Vast reservoirs of toxic gases lie buried beneath the poles, trapped in crystals of ice. Now that ice is melting. Once it goes, the poisons released will threaten all life on Earth. A bold solution is within reach, if only Michael can convince a doubting world. Yet as Morag’s ghostly visitations continue, Michael begins to doubt his own sanity.

In the future, Alia is chosen to become a Transcendent, an undying member of the group mind that is shepherding humanity toward an evolutionary apotheosis. The Witnessings are an integral part of their design, for only by redeeming the pain of every human who has lived and died can true Transcendence be achieved. Yet Alia discovers a dark side to the Transcendents’ plans, a vein of madness that may lead to an unthinkable renunciation.

Somehow, Michael Poole holds the fate of the future in his hands. Now, to save that future, Alia must undertake a desperate journey into the past. . . .


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Review: Transcendent (Destiny's Children #3)

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Substantial difference in the story, but well worth the read. Read full review

Review: Transcendent (Destiny's Children #3)

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3.5 stars. The beginning of the book is rather slow, and the action is somewhat lacking overall. Still, the ides are interesting, as they tend to be in Baxters books. Yet they are not as grand as in some of his books, such as the prequel to this one: Exultant. Read full review

Contents

Chapter
Chapter
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 29
Chapter 32
Chapter 34
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 43

Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 23
TWO Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 46
THREE Chapter 47
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 53
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
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Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton (doctorate in aeroengineering research) universities. Baxter is the winner of both the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, and has been a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. He has also won the John W. Campbell Award and the Philip K. Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships. He is the coauthor (with Arthur C. Clarke) of Time’s Eye and Sunstorm.


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