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ужител в НАСА и амбициозен предприемач пренасочва цялата си космическа програма за да разбере какво означава то Съобщението дава координатите на Крутний отдалечената втора луна на Земята но никой не знае как да стигне до там Скоро Маленфант бившата му жена Ема едно свръхинтелигентно дете и параноичен математик гени. I'm going to preemptively review this book with five starsAllow me to explain why One of the POV characters is a genetically enhanced suid given human level intelligence who is sent on an exploratory mission to an asteroid The suid without the human trainer's knowledge is pregnant when she leaves on the tripAfter a while space suids begin expanding their habitat developing culture expanding through the solar systemYou can see why I like this book SUID IN SPACEIt also features the first suid sex scene I've ever read so it deserves five stars simply for thatI've enjoyed every other part of the book There's time travel to the distant distant future like trillions of years in the future There's super intelligent children being rounded up in concentration camps Did I mention space suidsThere's a lot of interesting stuff about the possibilities of private companies exploringexploiting extraterrestrial bodiesAll in all awesome I will hopefully finish it tonight but I don't feel the need to wait in order to accurately review this book If the ending somehow ruins it I'll come back and say so Otherwise I recommend it highlyEdit The ending definitely did not ruin this book So I continue to highly recommend that Highly entertaining and thought provoking

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Manifold Timeй се отправят към Крутний Резултатът е откриването на истинската причина за съществуването на човечеството Но дали това знание ще помогне за спасяването на човешката раса Време твърдо поставя Бакстър в традицията на Артър Кларк и Айзък Азимов Колко успокоително е да знаем че поне някой все още гледа към звездитеТайм. Manifold Time is one of those books that blows you away but subtly at first you don't realize how epic it is until you're halfway through and you look back and can only think wowHowever it wasn't immediately love at first sight with this book for me I spent the first forty odd pages getting hung up on the rapid POV shifts sometimes several on one page choppy two paragraph scenes of action followed by a similarly choppy two paragraphs of action The story starts out jumping between characters so much that it is difficult to build a sense of rapport with themat first The writing itself the craft of the prose is a bit wanting at times It starts out being showing than tellingblunt to the pointAnd then something amazing happensI know that my misgivings above are arguably the tools of the trade of Hard SF that's just how most of it is written It's not about the skill of the prose itself or wordsmithing and all that as much as it's about the science and the technology And this book is heavy on the sciencethere is a lot of physics bring thrown around though most of it is dumbed down for those of us who are laypersons The fact that I didn't get half of the physics related discussions that took place in this story was ameliorated by the fact that most of the characters in the story didn't understand it eitherAnother observation one that I find a particular interest in though it is very tangential and not directly related to the story itself as much as the crafting of the story is that the author Stephen Baxter is British but the story focuses mainly on American characters and most of the scenes on Earth take place in the US And a lot of what he writes hits the mark but as with any novel that is written in British English and then translated into American English there are some inconsistencies which stand out like a sore thumb some being words or phrases that were overlooked when the text was being Americanizedreferences to the windscreen of the car instead of the windshield or forgetting to change 'colour' to 'color'those are editing issues and not a commentary on the story itself But beyond that it made me realize just how much word choice and sentence structure can vary between British and American English Being well acuainted with both although most of the characters in the story were American in my head they had British accents because the dialogue itself was very British and not very American Not a complaint nor a critiueI just found that interestingIt is also interesting to look at the future of the story well let's make that the near future which is actually our present The book was written in 2000 but much of it was set in the 2011 12 timeframe and it is always neat to see which things the author manages to predict correctly and which she doesn't Mobile computing devices are present but in the form of softscreenswhich bring to mind some kind of flexible gelfabric suare instead of a smartphone Cars that drive themselves with assistance of GPStechnically those are available now but not to the general public Things like thatAnother thing that really surprised me but which also really made Stephen Baxter earn my respect was his fairness when it came to gender I was floored but happy of his use of the impersonal third person pronoun as she instead of he Such as Each child would have her own choice of her course of study I haven't seen that much especially from a male writer in a male dominated genre such as hard SF I give this book a definite thumbs up for that And the female characters themselves are very strong and well writtenalthough Manifold Time brings to mind the great SF classics that came before it this story has neither damsels in distress nor mothers waiting at home for the hero to return; instead it has tough women who get the job done even when the job isn't pretty That's pretty awesome in my mindNow As for the story itself About halfway through I suddenly put the book down abruptly because it had really really gotten good on several levels in a way that snuck up on me unawares The parallels drawn between some of the various characters in the book and the situations they're going through and importantly the uestions that it makes not only the characters ask themselves but also make us ask ourselves as well moral soul searching uestions which aren't as black and white as they first appear leave no doubt in my mind that this book is good Darn goodWhy the four starts instead of five then I struggled with that The answer is somewhat spoilerish in nature though so I'll censor it Overall this is a very strong very powerful book and one I would highly recommend Good books make you thinkand WOW does this book ever make you thinkview spoilerHowever the ending was too much for me I was totally there with Malenfant and Emma as they went through the artifact portal and saw all the universes I was emotionally invested in it and by this time emotionally invested in both of them as well I went from being politely indifferent about them as characters at the beginning of the story to really liking them and wanting them to survive So when Emma didn't surviveI really didn't like that but I understood it Sometimes a story has to have some of the better characters die to make the story itself that much meaningful I get that But then the whole alternate timeline what if stuff started to get a bit much I don't like stories about dying alone in deep space it makes me shudder on some deep instinctual level but even than that I don't like stories where two people love each other but can't be together for whatever reason and one of the two has a chance to go back in time and push the other one way effectively breaking their heart but keeping them alive I just don't like thatit's very dramatic and all but I don't enjoy the bittersweet agony of knowing what might have been but wasn't and all that goes with itAnd from therethe final scenes just totally lost me Too far out for me The whole 'destroying the universe so millions of other universes could be created' kind of thing just left me sort of confused and sort of miffed So basically everyone gets blown up or do they for the better good of humankind But oh wait we don't know how any humans could have survived I'm getting a headache just thinking about it hide spoiler

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FREE DOWNLOAD ó Manifold: Time ê Последни новини за края на света човечеството ще изчезне след 200 години Това гласи пророчеството на Картър и то е неоспоримо изразено с универсалния език на числата Все още оПоследни новини за края на света човечеството ще изчезне след 200 години Това гласи пророчеството на Картър и то е неоспоримо изразено с универсалния език на числата Все още обаче има начин да се избегне Катастрофата Когато едно кодирано съобщение от бъдещето изплува сред фона на космическия шум Рийд Маленфант бивш сл. Suuuuiiiidddsss innnnnn sppppaaacceeeeeI enjoyed attending Stephen Baxter's classwait this was a novel Manifold Time is the epitome of a Baxter three star effort some mind bending ideas about the cosmos a plot some classroom lessons some bad exposition of facts and some cardboard characters That being said I have enjoyed three of the four Baxter novels I've read to date including this oneIn true Baxter style Manifold is a canvas for awesome cosmological theories and implications I re read passages to understand the scope It was very cool in that respect However the characters are forgettable and are basically mouthpieces for the physics lessons Also and unfortunately most of Baxter's books are lessons in how not to handle exposition in a story Good exposition gives us information in the flow of the story We don't even know it's being done We're just being introduced to the author's world and ideasnaturally Baxter kind of gives up and just uses a smart character to explain things to a less smart character who is a proxy for the likely even less smart reader Manifold Time covers the Doomsday argument Fermi paradox genetic engineering and humanity's extinction I occasionally read non fiction that discusses these types of ideas and I'm sure I could perhaps find better sources to base myself on but I have a day job and I like fiction So as a rule and to a limited extent I forgive Mr Baxter's failure to use good exposition and characterization Whatever it's fun The fact that a ragtag plot holds some of the information together is fine Just be prepared to read with your eyes constantly rolling due to how you're being fed the information In this first book in the Manifold series entrepreneur Reid Malenfant has an idea to exploit an asteroid for space travel when he's convinced by a weirdo to communicate with future humans to figure out how to outsmart humanity's doomed destiny There's Big Dumb Objects statistics time travel black hole energy harvesting and suids In spaceA particular beef this book introduced me to the concept of the Carter catastrophe In looking it up during and after the book I'm pretty sure that Baxter could have described it a little better When I read the probabilistic doomsday prediction in Manifold it felt very flawed to me and I couldn't let that go I'm no mathlete but it was kind of the lynchpin to the whole story and I wasn't buying it I also did not buy how uickly Malenfant accepts the theory wholesaleI love being exposed to these kinds of ideas so I will continue to read Baxter In particular I am fascinated by the Fermi paradox the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of evidence for or contact with such civilizations and its solutions I understand this is dealt with in the seuel Manifold Space I'll read thatand likely give it three stars and copy paste and only mildly edit this current review