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The Long Earth (edition 2012)

by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter

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Member:jmgold
Title:The Long Earth
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Other authors:Stephen Baxter
Info:Harper (2012), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett

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    sturlington: The concept of The Long Earth reminded me of the wood between the worlds.
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    Replay by Ken Grimwood (sandpiper)
    sandpiper: Wonderful science fiction classic about a man who keeps reliving his life.
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The world as we know it is just one of a (possibly infinite) number of parallel worlds that can be "stepped" between. Joshua, a natural stepper, sets out to explore further than anyone has ever gone before, with an artificial intelligence named Lobsang and a giant hi-tech airship. It's a very entertaining book as one would expect from the authors, it is hard to say where each had their input as the whole works together very well. Then end sets up nicely for the next in the series and I've started reading already. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Jun 21, 2016 |
I am not sure about this book. Check out why in my review: http://girlsguidetoscifi.blogspot.ca/2013/03/east-or-west-review-of-long-earth.h....

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  HollyBest | Jun 9, 2016 |
The Long Earth - Pratchett/Baxter
audio performance by Michael Fenton-Stevens
3 stars

The very beginning hooked me. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up in a pleasant place far from the trenches of 1915 war torn France. He runs into some funny looking Russians who have a strange appreciation of music hall songs. I thought I was in for absurdist sci-fi on par with Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker’s Guide. There were some funny bits. (Especially, Joshua Valiente’s nuns.) There were some likable characters and the occasional pithy social commentary. But, mostly, The Long Earth was just long. There was a tremendous amount of descriptive set up to give humans access to endless parallel earths, but the story spread out into infinite possibilities that did not coalesce into a good adventure story. Despite a solid audio performance, it became tedious.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
An interesting concept, that I will be looking forward to reading more about. Unfortunately the description of the Long Earth sometimes seems a little inconsistent, and now and then I found myself wishing it was a bit more "hard" sf. I'm especially surprised that "one of the UK's most acclaimed writers of science fiction" didn't realize that, while not losing the material that eventually made up the Moon would have made the Earth more massive, it would also have made it *less dense* (because the heavy elements in the Earth's core weren't lost, only the lighter ones in the crust and mantle), and thus the gravitational pull on the surface would have been *weaker*, not stronger (if the difference was big enough to be noted at all). Not to mention how the difference in radius would have affected stepping, but such things seems to be handwaved whenever they aren't needed to make a point... ( )
  galadan | May 19, 2016 |
Very fun concept, and interesting take. Reminds me a lot of Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky. That said, its an interesting take on the concept, and plays a lot more with how people would respond to the sudden public discovery of such a cosmos. Read it in one night, and went to get the next one from the library ASAP.

NOTE: Borrowed from the Anne Arundel County Library

(2016 Review #4)
  bohannon | Apr 18, 2016 |
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The Long Earth harkens back to the old SF of the Fifties and Sixties, which revelled in the delight of discovering new worlds. But Pratchett and Baxter have essentially democratised space exploration, taking the joy of finding new Edens out of the hands of rocket-owning millionaires and governments and giving it to the masses. This is an accessible, fun and thoughtful SF novel that offers the potential for a multitude of stories as great as the myriad of Earths.
 
The Long Earth is a short read: the pages riffle past and there's much to enjoy. The dialogue is a bit Hollywood 101, and much of it is characters explaining things to other characters, sometimes at great length ("Why are you telling me all this?" Joshua asks at one point, with apparent ingenuousness). But it's a charming, absorbing and somehow spacious piece of imagineering for all that.
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1916: the Western Front, France. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No man's Land gone?

2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson has returned to the burned-out home of one Willis Linsay, a reclusive and some said mad, others dangerous, scientist. It was arson but, as is often the way, the firemen seem to have caused more damage than the fire itself. Stepping through the wreck of a house, there's no sign of any human remains but on the mantelpiece Monica finds a curious gadget - a box, containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a...potato. It is the prototype of an invention that Linsay called a 'stepper'. An invention he put up on the web for all the world to see, and use, an invention that would to change the way mankind viewed his world Earth for ever. And that's an understatement if ever there was one...

...because the stepper allowed the person using it to step sideways into another America, another Earth, and if you kept on stepping, you kept on entering even more Earths...this is the Long Earth. It's not our Earth but one of chain of parallel worlds, lying side by side each differing from its neighbour by really very little (or actually quite a lot). It's an infinite chain, offering 'steppers' an infinite landscape of infinite possibilities. And the further away you travel, the stranger - and sometimes more dangerous - the Earths get. The sun and moon always shine, the basic laws of physics are the same. However, the chance events which have shaped our particular Earth, such as the dinosaur-killer asteroid impact, might not have happened and things may well have turned out rather differently.

But, until Willis Linsay invented his stepper, only our Earth hosted mankind...or so we thought. Because it turns out there are some people who are natural 'steppers', who don't need his invention and now the great migration has begun
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The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)

1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?

2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth—and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .

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1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive--some say mad, others allege dangerous--scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever. The "stepper" enables a person using it to step sideways into another America, another wherever that person happened to be, another Earth. And if the person using it keeps on stepping, they keep on entering even more Earths. This is the Long Earth. And the further away a stepper travels, the stranger -- and sometimes more dangerous -- the Earths become.… (more)

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