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Coming Soon! PROXIMA by Stephen Baxter

Michael H. writes in to tell us that the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Proxima by Stephen Baxter is posted at Amazon.

Here’s the synopsis:

The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light…The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun – and (in this fiction), the nearest to host a world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. But Proxima IV is unlike Earth in many ways. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, it keeps one face to its parent star at all times. The ‘substellar point’, with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the ‘antistellar point’ on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world? Needle ships fall from Proxima IV’s sky. Yuri Jones, with 1000 others, is about to find out…P ROXIMA tells the amazing tale of how we colonise a harsh new eden, and the secret we find there that will change our role in the Universe for ever.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (September 19, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0575116846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575116849

(Thanks, Michael!)

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3 Comments on Coming Soon! PROXIMA by Stephen Baxter

  1. I was sold at ancient-machine-mind-feeding-on-degenerate-matter, but then he threw in colonization of a tidal-locked planet! Stephen Baxter is *finally* getting back to writing real sci-fi instead of that pseudo-Arthurian fantasy crap he’s been grunting out lately. I am very excite!

  2. I hope this is good. I haven’t been happy with Baxter for quite a few books (back to the final part of the “Manifold” sequence). Fingers crossed!

  3. A hard story is good to find.

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