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Origin (Manifold) by STEPHEN BAXTER
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Origin (Manifold) (original 2000; edition 2001)

by STEPHEN BAXTER

Series: Manifold (3)

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Title:Origin (Manifold)
Authors:STEPHEN BAXTER
Info:VOYAGER (2001), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 496 pages
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3rd volume of Manifold series. Still a good read, with a number of new surprises and speculations. Worth reading. ( )
  rondoctor | Jun 13, 2017 |
The best of the trilogy. Some of the ideas seem fairly close to the Time's Odyssey series he wrote with Arthur C. Clarke ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
Almost as good as Manifold:Space. I really enjoyed this book and the depictions of early human ancestry. The mystery of the Red Moon is more than enough to keep you hooked, although the bloodshed by the Hominid species helps. It was nice reading another of Malenfant's journeys, even if it is not the "same" Malenfant. And of course, who could forget Nemoto. I thought she was just as much of a bitch in this one as Space. I look forward to reading all of Stephen Baxter's books. ( )
  DarthBrazen | May 31, 2015 |
Another outing in Baxter's 'Manifold' sequence, starting with the same main characters, but placing them in an entirely different situation - this time, catapulted via portal to a new Moon where different prehistoric species of human co-exist, not peacefully. Certainly not a read for the squeamish, life being nasty, brutish and short in prehistory, the puzzle of the book is how come these different species of hominid a) are where they are, and b) speak English (well, some of them, and after a fashion).

A third of the way through, the focus changes and we encounter another species of hominid, one that never evolved on our Earth but which has achieved civilisation and mastery of spatial manipulation. They lead the main characters into an examination of the mechanics of the mysterious moon and give us a pointer towards the underlying concepts of the whole series.

But be warned - there is no revelation. There is no mastermind behind the events of this novel and its two prequels. But there is a solution - one that involves another answer to the Fermi Paradox, one not often considered. And this is probably the novel where Baxter discovered a taste for writing about the deep past which he then explored further in his later novels such as 'Evolution, the 'Time's tapestry' series and the 'Northland' trilogy (as well as that one about the mammoths).

It's not an easy read, and it does not present a neat and tidy package. But it is certainly thought-provoking. ( )
  RobertDay | Nov 8, 2013 |
The scale of the idea behind this book is pretty grand - experiments using whole planets. Mr. Baxter explores the ideas of what humans would be like at different stages of evolution, under different circumstances. The main characters, Reid Malenfant and Emma Stoney take us through this grand idea, letting us get a feel for just what it might be like. I liked their names too - "bad infant" and "stoney" both linked up to their characters and how they managed under such extreme conditions. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Aug 28, 2012 |
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Award-winning author Stephen Baxter turns to the origin of species in this final novel of the Manifold trilogy. Reid Malenfant and Emma Stoney are flying over Africa when a new moon appears in the sky--and Emma disappears. She finds herself on the Red Moon with people resembling human evolutionary ancestors, with whom she must learn to live in order to survive. On Earth, Malenfant teams with Japanese scientist Nemoto on a desperate rescue mission that leads to greater questions about the origin of the alien moon, and ultimately of humankind.

Because the Manifold novels take place in alternate universes, Origin works well as a stand-alone read. Baxter effectively explores how modern humans and their ancestors might be thoroughly alien to one another, but the book is more focused on thoughtful scientific speculation than in-depth characterization. However, readers who are swept away by novels of cosmic scope and compelling imagination will find Big Idea science fiction at its best. --Roz Genessee

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Concluding the epic Manifold series that began with 'Time' and continued with 'Space', 'Origin' reveals the hidden resolution of the Fermi paradox concerning the existence of extra-terrestrials.

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