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Stephen Baxter's highly acclaimed first novel and the beginning of his stunning Xeelee Sequence finally enters the SF Masterwork series!

A spaceship from Earth accidentally crossed through a hole in space-time to a universe where the force of gravity is one billion times as strong as the gravity we know. Somehow the crew survived, aided by the fact that they emerged into a cloud of gas surrounding a black hole, which provided a breathable atmosphere.

Five hundred years later, their descendants still struggle for existence, divided into two main groups. The Miners live on the Belt, a ramshackle ring of dwellings orbiting the core of a dead star, which they excavate for raw materials. These can be traded for food from the Raft, a structure built from the wreckage of the ship, on which a small group of scientists preserve the ancient knowledge which makes survival possible.

Rees is a Miner whose curiosity about his world makes him stow away on a flying tree - just one of the many strange local lifeforms - carrying trade between the Belt and the Raft. And what he finds will change his world....

©2020 Stephen Baxter (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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  • 28-07-2020

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Interesting and engaging story until the space whale took it into fantasy land. Couldn't look it in the eye after that. Will not be pursuing the rest of the series.

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  • Shaun
  • 07-01-2021

Fantastical beginnings

I have never read any of the Xeelee books so when I saw this I snapped it up and I haven't regretted a second spent either riding whales and trees or exploring a rich universe this has it all!!

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