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Vacuum Diagrams (original 1997; edition 2001)

by Stephen Baxter

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Title:Vacuum Diagrams
Authors:Stephen Baxter
Info:Eos (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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Vacuum Diagrams by Stephen Baxter (1997)

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Vacuum Diagrams - Stephen Baxter
A collection of stories set in Baxter's 'Xeelee' future history, where humans get to fight multiple powerful alien races over short and vast distances, and likewise for timeframes. Starting around the year 3000, it ends way past the year 4000000.

The stories are broken up into several sections dealing with various different time periods and settings.

The average for this book is 3.39, contrast this with the later, and very similar in structure Resplendent, which averages 3.68. There's a linking narrative (which means a boatload of italics, which is incredibly annoying to read, as usual, when it is more than a few lines). A lot more average stories in this volume than the latter, but it will still be of interest for Xeelee and Baxter readers.

Vacuum Diagrams : The Sun-People - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Logic Pool - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Gossamer - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Cilia-of-Gold - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Lieserl - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Pilot - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Xeelee Flower - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : More Than Time or Distance - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Switch - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Blue Shift - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Quagma Datum - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Planck Zero - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Gödel Sunflowers - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Vacuum Diagrams - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Stowaway - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Tyranny of Heaven - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Hero - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Secret History - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Shell - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Eighth Room - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Baryonic Lords - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Eve - Stephen Baxter

"Cauchy was the ultimate goal. By dragging a wormhole portal around a circuit light years across, the GUTship Cauchy would establish a wormhole bridge—not across space—but across fifteen centuries, to the future."

With sea-squirts.

3 out of 5

Surviving the Cull.

3 out of 5

Wormhole stuffup surfing webs.

4 out of 5

Mercurial alien life relationship.

4 out of 5

Force grown sungirl intelligence.

3.5 out of 5

Lunar escape, virtually, anyway.

4 out of 5

Need to nick some cool stuff. Easier if you do it without blowing up suns though.

3.5 out of 5

Zap gun quantum inseparability trick.

3.5 out of 5

Gravity nullification oops.

3 out of 5

"I squeezed minutely. The wings trembled and the pod jerked. Lipsey and his flitter disappeared. "Try to restrain your monkey impulse to meddle," said the Qax. "You've just traveled half a light second."

Xeelee ship jump jump jumpety jump a Great Attraction, until you have to run away.

Tricking your overlords into blowing up their own sun is pretty cool though.

4 out of 5

Su-su-Susyspace scars.

3.5 out of 5

Violating the Uncertainty Principles needs thinking through _carefully_.

3.5 out of 5

Snowflake Spline splitsville.

3.5 out of 5

Lump it quicksmart, quantum boy. No sugar coating.

3 out of 5

Need a Raft.

3 out of 5

"I have traveled here in an Exaltation of Arks. I have brought you good news of the Integrality—"

3.5 out of 5

Super suit stealer spidered.

3.5 out of 5

Star dimming is for the birds, we are so out of here.

3.5 out of 5

Time to fly, but balloons not quite the tech for hyperspheres.

3 out of 5

Need a special exit from our pocket universe playpen.

3 out of 5

Quantum boy helps rump humans Ring in the new.

3.5 out of 5

Old relationship history.

3 out of 5

http://freesf.strandedinoz.com/wordpress/2008/04/vacuum-diagrams-stephen-baxter-... ( )
  BlueTysonSS | Nov 30, 2012 |
Like the Manifold series, spans the lifetime of the universe. A series of short stories woven together - at times this is a bit disjointed but overall it works. Explores humans vs Xelee on a longer time scale. ( )
  topps | Feb 7, 2011 |
A collection of short stories based on the premises of the Xeelee series. I enjoyed these, and they made me want to read the fully-worked out versions in the novels. It's all very techno-sf, but I was in the mood for that and it fitted well.

The short stories are wrapped in a meta-dialogue, which was interesting in itself, so this is not just a pure collection book, it has more integrity that that would suppose.

Good shorts, make you want the real thing. ( )
  penangtom | Jul 13, 2010 |
A collection of stories set in Baxter's 'Xeelee' future history, where humans get to fight multiple powerful alien races over short and vast distances, and likewise for timeframes. Starting around the year 3000, it ends way past the year 4000000.

The stories are broken up into several sections dealing with various different time periods and settings.

The average for this book is 3.39, contrast this with the later, and very similar in structure Resplendent, which averages 3.68. There's a linking narrative (which means a boatload of italics, which is incredibly annoying to read, as usual, when it is more than a few lines). A lot more average stories in this volume than the latter, but it will still be of interest for Xeelee and Baxter readers.

Vacuum Diagrams : The Sun-People - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Logic Pool - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Gossamer - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Cilia-of-Gold - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Lieserl - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Pilot - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Xeelee Flower - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : More Than Time or Distance - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Switch - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Blue Shift - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Quagma Datum - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Planck Zero - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Gödel Sunflowers - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Vacuum Diagrams - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Stowaway - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Tyranny of Heaven - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Hero - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Secret History - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Shell - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Eighth Room - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : The Baryonic Lords - Stephen Baxter
Vacuum Diagrams : Eve - Stephen Baxter

"Cauchy was the ultimate goal. By dragging a wormhole portal around a circuit light years across, the GUTship Cauchy would establish a wormhole bridge—not across space—but across fifteen centuries, to the future."

With sea-squirts.

3 out of 5

Surviving the Cull.

3 out of 5

Wormhole stuffup surfing webs.

4 out of 5

Mercurial alien life relationship.

4 out of 5

Force grown sungirl intelligence.

3.5 out of 5

Lunar escape, virtually, anyway.

4 out of 5

Need to nick some cool stuff. Easier if you do it without blowing up suns though.

3.5 out of 5

Zap gun quantum inseparability trick.

3.5 out of 5

Gravity nullification oops.

3 out of 5

"I squeezed minutely. The wings trembled and the pod jerked. Lipsey and his flitter disappeared. "Try to restrain your monkey impulse to meddle," said the Qax. "You've just traveled half a light second."

Xeelee ship jump jump jumpety jump a Great Attraction, until you have to run away.

Tricking your overlords into blowing up their own sun is pretty cool though.

4 out of 5

Su-su-Susyspace scars.

3.5 out of 5

Violating the Uncertainty Principles needs thinking through _carefully_.

3.5 out of 5

Snowflake Spline splitsville.

3.5 out of 5

Lump it quicksmart, quantum boy. No sugar coating.

3 out of 5

Need a Raft.

3 out of 5

"I have traveled here in an Exaltation of Arks. I have brought you good news of the Integrality—"

3.5 out of 5

Super suit stealer spidered.

3.5 out of 5

Star dimming is for the birds, we are so out of here.

3.5 out of 5

Time to fly, but balloons not quite the tech for hyperspheres.

3 out of 5

Need a special exit from our pocket universe playpen.

3 out of 5

Quantum boy helps rump humans Ring in the new.

3.5 out of 5

Old relationship history.

3 out of 5

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2008/04/vacuum-diagrams-stephen-baxter_16.html ( )
  bluetyson | Apr 16, 2008 |
Okay, but a bit to much in the old Asimov school with feckless humans always coming up with amazing ways to stay alive, beat the aliens, etc. ( )
  KromesTomes | Apr 19, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061059048, Mass Market Paperback)

Ironically, you'll probably appreciate Vacuum Diagrams most after you've put it down. The prolific and acclaimed Stephen Baxter has always been praised for his imaginative and conscientious use of science, and Vacuum Diagrams is no exception. This collection of short stories will leave you ruminating for days over the sprawl of ideas, worlds, and life forms Baxter has woven together.

Filling in the gaps on Baxter's ambitious, almost audacious, 10-million-year timeline called the "Xeelee Sequence," Vacuum Diagrams is a collection of revised, previously published short stories that bridges together his popular novels set in this same "future history"--Raft, Timelike Infinity, Flux, and Ring. Baxter's universe is rotten with life, from strange tree-stump-like creatures with superfluid ice skeletons to dark matter "birds" to sentient beings composed of pure mathematics. And Baxter's reverence for life's beauty, for its voracious robustness, is hard to resist--especially when it comes to humanity and its tentative, eager rise. The cycling timeline follows humans as they come into their own as a star-faring race, from their first sporadic steps to their near dominance of the universe and beyond.

Vacuum Diagrams is a great introduction to Baxter for those unfamiliar with him and a good primer for the other "Xeelee Sequence" novels. If you already love Baxter or the other novels in the sequence, Vacuum Diagrams is certainly a safe bet. Besides, any book that sends you scurrying quizzically after your college physics text deserves a closer look. Check it out. --Paul Hughes

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