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The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett
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The Long Cosmos (edition 2017)

by Terry Pratchett (Author), Stephen Baxter (Author)

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2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valiente, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers- an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in more abstract ways - by the trolls and by the Great Traversers. Its message is simple but its implications are enormous- JOIN US. The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent - a device that will alter the Long Earth's place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message. Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all - mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals - who inhabit the Long Earths...… (more)
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Title:The Long Cosmos
Authors:Terry Pratchett (Author)
Other authors:Stephen Baxter (Author)
Info:Harper (2017), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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Curiously less cosmic than the "The Long Utopia" that preceded this final book in the series. Though it begins with a mysterious message to "join us" that is received across the long Earths, the actual mission to do so is a relatively small part of the book, and quite anticlimactic. More time is spent on Joshua Valiente's ill-fated camping trip. It's not a bad story, it's just in no way "cosmic", nor much in the way of a satisfying finale.

If you paid your dues with the previous four, go ahead and finish the series. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Aug 4, 2018 |
The Long Cosmos is the final book in Terry Pratchett's and Stephen Baxter's five volume and 2,000+ page Long Earth series.

The series covers the period 2015 to 2071 and centres on the life of Joshua Valiente. In 2015 technology is made freely available which allows humans to 'step' from our Earth to a parallel and slightly different Earth, like moving from one jewel to the next on a necklace. It is possible to step along these Earths in either direction and there appear to be an infinite number of them. Some people, like Valiente, are natural steppers able to move from one world top the next unaided.

The series focuses in two areas: the impact of infinite land on the human condition - technology, politics, social structures, agriculture and more; and, since humans only developed on 'our' Earth, what is the impact of subtle differences and random chance in these Long Earths on the development of life.

In this last volume, the Long Earth receives a message from some alien civilisation and it is with step technology that humans are able to attempt to join some galactic collective. We also get to dive into some of the backstory missing from earlier books, especially Valiente's family history and the relationship between humans and trolls (a race of homo habilis like hominids, natural steppers, who populate and roam across the whole Long Earth).

Although developed in outline by Pratchett and Baxter, the former's demise means that this is almost wholly written by Baxter alone. Having said that, there are enough in-jokes and cultural references to keep Pratchett fans happy. ( )
  pierthinker | Apr 26, 2018 |
More vacuous and more sentimental than its predecessors. Just a little fun pop science to help it along. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 3, 2017 |
I feel like you can really tell that Baxter did most of the writing for this novel, still enjoyable but know what you are getting into, a satisfying conclusion. ( )
  brakketh | Dec 30, 2016 |
The final instalment in the Long Earth series, completed after Terry Pratchett's death. There is a call from the stars and a new type of stepping. We see resolution to some of the story lines but also a really good plot of its own, so that it doesn't feel like just a tying up of loose ends. I really enjoyed this series and this last book is just as good as the others. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Oct 15, 2016 |
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For The Long Cosmos specifically, a good working knowledge of the film version of Carl Sagan's Contact is useful, as the book often plays out as a homage, while long-term fans will be excited to learn that as well as going east and west, we finally step north. Not all our questions are answered, but Baxter's scientific grounding will make you dwell once more on that chilling quantum idea that to exist is to be observed, as well as on more quotidian reflections about what is important in life – your family, your childhood and the connections you make.

If you've been following the series from the beginning, the last chapter will make you cry, all on its own. And that's before you have to think about the fact that there will, now, be no more Pratchett books, and all that we have lost.
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2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve.
For Joshua Valienté, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in more abstract ways – by the trolls and by the Great Traversers. Its message is simple but ts implications are enormous:

JOIN US.

The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent – a device that will alter the Long Earth’s place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message. Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all – mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths…
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