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Flux by Stephen Baxter

Flux (original 1993; edition 1995)

by Stephen Baxter

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Authors:Stephen Baxter
Info:Eos (1995), Hardcover, 416 pages
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Tags:science fiction, novel, mass market paperback

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Flux by Stephen Baxter (1993)

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  jim.antares | Nov 12, 2015 |
A science fiction novel about humans -- or rather, micron-scale beings patterned closely after humans -- living in the mantle of a neutron star. As an imaginative thought experiment, it's kind of a clever idea, as it explores the question of whether life could exist in such an environment, how it might work, and what things would look like if you could enter this kind of weird-physics realm with the right senses to perceive it. Unfortunately, clever or not, it's really not enough to carry a 400 page novel all by itself, and there's just not a whole lot else here. The characters are pretty thin, as is the plot (even if it does widen its scope significantly at the end), and in true hard SF tradition the writing style is at least 85% exposition. I will say that I found it more readable than some other stuff at the extreme end of the hard SF spectrum, where characterization is often not so much thin as painfully bad. Still, it ended up being a bit of a slog for me, and I can't help thinking that it would have worked considerably better as a short story. ( )
1 vote bragan | Jun 12, 2011 |
Kinda my dream book; strange universe, crazy science, epic scope, even a BDO element in the third act. The problems lie mostly in the weak characters, most of whom I couldn't stand, and the minutiae often feels like padding, but the sci-fi aspect is wonderful. It's very much like the first book, Raft, only bigger and better. ( )
  closedmouth | Sep 17, 2010 |
  mcolpitts | Aug 15, 2009 |
What would life be like that lived on a neutron star? How would life have got there in the first place? How on earth could humans live there? How do you have sex when you live in a frictionless superfluid? What sports would you play in such an environment? What would happen when civilisation that built all of this collapsed?
A great example of a simple thought experiment taken to an extreme conclusion. Oh and there's a plot and character development and links into a larger storyline and everything!
Knowledge of advanced quantum physics a bonus when reading this book, either that or a permanent line to wikipedia for those of us who don't know what an electron gas is ( )
  rufty | Aug 29, 2007 |
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Star humans were engineered to exist within the mantle of a star, mere tools of their Earth-evolved makers in a war against the Xeelee, owners of the universe. Stephen Baxter's third novel in his magnificent Xeelee Sequence is an exotic and endearing story of an abandoned people. Abandoned to their fate, their history lost along with contact with their makers, Star people survive in an environment that is possibly the strangest in science fiction. Microscopic inhabitants of superfluid air above a Quantum Sea and below the tangled Crust of the Star, swimming in an electric-blue grid, the Magfield, which is subject to violent storms, Star people struggle, like us, to make sense of their world! and the threat hanging over it. Though the truth is far more disturbing and ominous than they feared, they will confront, finally, their makers, and they will rebel against the purpose for which they were created.

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