Phase Space Is A Collection Of 25 SF Stories By Stephen Baxter, Many Thematically Linked To His Manifold Trilogy Time, Space And Origin And Other Novels Of Cosmic ScopeThe Phase Space Of A System Is The Set Of All Conceivable States Of That System, Says The First Page As With Manifold These Stories Explore Possible And Significantly Linked States Of Earth And The Universe, Alternate Timelines Offering Different Solutions To Baxter S Favourite Cosmological Question The Fermi ParadoxIt S A Simple Idea According To Our Best Scientific Theories There S Nothing Special About Earth Or The Solar System Intelligent Life Has Evolved Here Ourselves It S Likely To Evolve Elsewhere The Skies Should Be Full Of Other Intelligences Where Are They Perhaps Our Theories Are Wrong And We Re In A Galactic Quarantine Perhaps What We See Through Our Telescopes Is A Clever Fake But Supposing We Overload The Capabilities Of The Fakers Maybe Intelligence Always Destroys Itself Before Crossing Interstellar Space, Or Something Kindly Takes Emerging Life Away To A Safer Place Perhaps There S Teeming Intelligence Out There, But We Re Not Listening On The Right Wavelength Perhaps They Re HidingAnother Baxter Theme Revisited Again In This Mind Stretching Collection Is The High Tech Romance Of The Space Programme And Walking On The Moon Alternate Histories Of Space Exploration Are Deftly Conjured Up, Some Of Them Wonderfully Paranoid Yet Another Theme Is Deep Time The Unthinkable Gulf From Big Bang To The Final Extinction Of The Universe And Possibilities Of Life At Both ExtremesBaxter At His Best Has A Bleakly Lyrical View Of The Remote Future, Reminiscent Of Arthur C Clarke There Are Homages To Other Classics, Including Asimov S Nightfall And Even Dante S Divine Comedy Whose Final Vision Of Paradise Takes On A Highly Unexpected SF Meaning David LangfordContents Moon Calf 1998 Open Loops 2000 Glass Earth, Inc 1997 Poyekhali 3201 1997 Dante Dreams 1998 War Birds 1997 Sun Drenched 1998 Martian Autumn 2002 Sun God 1997 Sun Cloud 2001 Sheena 5 2000 The Fubar Suit 1997 Grey Earth 2001 Huddle 1999 Refugium 2002 Lost Continent 2001 Tracks 2001 Lines Of Longitude 1997 Barrier 1998 Marginalia 1999 The We Who Sing 2002 The Gravity Mine 2000 Spindrift 2002 Touching Centauri 2002 The Twelfth Album 1998
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- Mass Market Paperback
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- Phase Space
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- 23 September 2018 Stephen Baxter