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by Stephen Baxter

Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Sci-fi
Author: Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0002257696
ISBN13: 978-0002257695
Language: English
Publisher: Voyager; 1st edition (2002)
Pages: 496
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Baxter takes various scenarios, from the distant past - a mere few hundred thousand years post-Big Bang - to the distant future - trillions of years from now, when the universe is cold and dark - and supposes various alien civilisations, each of them coming to terms with their world and each of them with their own versions of the Fermi Paradox.

The phase space of a system is the set of all conceivable states of that system," says the first page.

Stephen Baxter asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work. This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental. The story is about how a man called Gonsales trains swans to carry him through the air. Twenty-five of them, each attached to a pulley, save him from a shipwreck. But the swans hibernate on the Moon, and carry Gonsales there.

Phase Space (subtitled Stories from the Manifold and Elsewhere) is a 2003 science fiction collection by British writer Stephen Baxter . The stories are mostly set in the same Multiverse as the books in his Manifold series, with a few stories related to his separate NASA Trilogy.

The stories are mostly set in the same Multiverse as the books in his Manifold series, with a few stories related to his separate NASA Trilogy. The book contains the following short stories: Dreams (I).

Stories From The Manifold And Elsewhere. Kate Manzoni, with Reid Malenfant and Cornelius Taine, stood on Mike's porch. Inside the house, the baby was crying. Baby Michael - son of Mike - Malenfant's grandson. Well, until what, Kate? As she had followed this gruesome step-by-step process from the beginning, she had studiously avoided thinking about its eventual outcome: when the wave of unreality, or whatever it was, came washing at last over Earth, over her. It was unimaginable - even more so than her own death. At least after her death she wouldn't know about it; would even that be true after this?

Written in the same style as most of Stephen Baxter's work, "Phase Space" is a collection of more or less scientifically based stories in the tradition.

Author: Stephen Baxter. Publication date: 2000. Part of Phase Space: Stories From the Manifold and Elsewhere. Nomitated for Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 2001.

Phase Space (subtitled Stories from the Manifold and Elsewhere) is a 2003 science fiction collection by Stephen Baxter . The stories are mostly set in the same Multiverse as the books in his Manifold series, with a few stories related to his separate NASA Trilogy

The stories are mostly set in the same Multiverse as the books in his Manifold series, with a few stories related to his separate NASA Trilogy.

War Birds (SS - Phase Space Collection) (Stephen Baxter). This would be the twenty-first Shuttle launch of the year, from the Cape and Vandenburg, and the ninety-first of the programme in all, since the first successful orbital flight, bang on schedule in 1977. STEPHEN BAXTER WAR BIRDS From Short Story Collection: Phase Space Stories From the Manifold and Elsewhere November 1969. The dust of the Moon crunched under Burdick's feet. This year alone there ought to be forty-four launches, maybe fifteen of them USAF missions, using the Air Force's own two dedicated orbiters launched out of Vandenburg.

Comments to eBook Phase Space: Stories from the Manifold and Elsewhere
Brialelis
Not being a great writer myself I will let others do the plot summaries and simply state my opinion of the book.

I consider Baxter one of the core group of hard science fiction writers however reading his books often feels too much like work...unlike Banks or Reynolds. Maybe its too much exposition on physics and too little character development. The balance between the two is off.

All in all, a so so book.
Goldcrusher
I personally feel this is the best of Baxter's Manifold series. The book is comprised of 23 separate vignettes or short stories all loosely tied together around the Manifold series themes and the famed Fermi Paradox (i.e.: if space really is that big, odds are we are not alone, merely really far apart...or some other explanation). The short story format truncates Baxter's normally oblique yet action packed writing style into 23 separate punches to the hard sci-fi face. It's a bit disorientating to read more than one story per sitting but still doable on a two-hour flight. The UK only release is noticeable in the some spellings. It's definitely worth your time.
Paxondano
An absolute joy of a book. Each story is a real mind-warper. I am looking forward to reading more of Baxter.
Trash Obsession
Excellent book :) Highly recommend.
Kazracage
For some unknown reasons my copy arrived today.

The individual stories are excellent as everything within the Xeelee-Sequence. Sadly we don't get much new world building, so Baxter doesn't play with his true strenghts.
Freaky Hook
"Phase Space" by Stephen Baxter is a collection of 25 loosely-related short stories linked to - and expanding on themes introduced in - his Manifold novel trilogy of "Time", "Space" and "Origin". At its heart is the question posed by the physicist Enrico Fermi: given that the universe is billions of years old, if life exists out in the cosmos, why don't we see the evidence of it all about us? These stories represent the author's attempts to try to make sense of this paradox.

Pieces such as 'Open Loops', 'Sun-Cloud', 'The We Who Sing' and 'The Gravity Mine' explore the idea that other forms of intelligent life might exist or once have existed out in the cosmos. Baxter takes various scenarios, from the distant past - a mere few hundred thousand years post-Big Bang - to the distant future - trillions of years from now, when the universe is cold and dark - and supposes various alien civilisations, each of them coming to terms with their world and each of them with their own versions of the Fermi Paradox.

One of Baxter's favourite themes is space exploration and it is no accident that many of the stories take astronauts as their main characters: including 'Poyekhali 3201', an imagining of Yuri Gagarin's experience as the first man in space. One of the best stories in the collection is 'War Birds', in which the Cold War has escalated into space and the Shuttle fleet has fallen under the control of USAF, becoming an agent of destruction for a militaristic US government intent on demonstrating its capabilities to the rest of the world.

As interesting as such alternate histories are, however, they are unrelated to the main theme of the collection. Indeed the most intriguing stories are those which explore the idea that humanity exists either in some kind of simulation - as in 'Tracks' - or within a bubble or quarantine zone - 'Barrier' - in both cases set up by a higher intelligence, seemingly to foster or protect our species from true reality, but for what purpose is not clear. The collection's main piece, 'Touching Centauri', is perhaps the most exciting of all, as it examines what might happen when we begin to stretch that simulation to its limits.

Baxter's imagination surpasses that of most other writers of modern science fiction. But while the ideas are wide-ranging, the writing itself can occasionally feel awkward or disjointed. Often one feels that the themes have been compressed to fit the medium of the short story, when in fact there are enough ideas to sustain several longer pieces, perhaps of novella- or even novel-length. A more minor disappointment is that more of the stories do not feature the main characters from the Manifold arc; indeed Reid Malenfant appears in only one of the pieces.

That said, however, "Phase Space" is an exciting collection of work with tremendous vision, and an excellent companion to the Manifold trilogy.
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