The long Earth

by Pratchett, Terry.

Format: Print Book ©2012.
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Summary

An unmissable milestone for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett: the first SF novel in over three decades in which the visionary inventor of Discworld has created a new universe of tantalizing possibilities--a series of parallel "Earths" with doorways leading to adventure, intrigue, excitement, and an escape into the furthest reaches of the imagination.

The Long Earth, written with award-winning novelist Stephen Baxter, author of Stone Spring, Ark, and Floodwill, captivate science fiction fans of all stripes, readers of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen, and anyone who enjoyed the Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration Good Omens.

The Long Earth is an adventure of the highest order--and an unforgettable read.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "On Step Day, Joshua Valiente, a 13-year-old resident of a small Catholic orphanage in Madison, Wisconsin, has just built a Stepper. When he moves its switch, he disappears. Only to the nearest parallel universe, however, where he finds several young neighbors who built Steppers, too. Whereas they're confused and nauseated, he's his usual calm, methodical self. He figures out how to get home and helps the others back. Fifteen years later and having found he can travel between parallel worlds without a Stepper, he's recruited for a mission bound as many worlds away as it can get in a ship virtually inhabited by the human-become-machine intelligence, Lobsang. Quickly beyond all human-colonized alternate Earths, Joshua and Lobsang discover other creatures capable of stepping that are fleeing an approaching danger the explorers are on course to meet. Well beyond the millionth world, they encounter the great peril maybe. Stay tuned for the next episode of a very old-fashioned sf quest yarn (think Jules Verne and 2001) that, since Pratchett is involved, is crammed with scientifically informed amusement.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore. A revolutionary process known as Stepping has allowed humanity access to an unlimited number of parallel Earths, all devoid of human life. The further one travels, the stranger the variant worlds become. Joshua Valiente, one of a rare breed who can Step without external help, is hired by the transEarth Institute to travel by airship across the Long Earth, exploring as far as possible. Accompanied by Lobsang, a Tibetan reincarnated as an artificial intelligence, he journeys across millions of Earths, discovering just what sort of bizarre secrets lurk in the farthest reaches. The slow-burning plot plays second fiddle to the fascinating premise, and the authors seem to have more fun developing backstory and concepts than any real tension. An abrupt conclusion comes as an unwelcome end to this tale of exploration. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Long Earth
#1 - The Long Earth
#2 - The Long war
Subjects Recluses -- Fiction.
Space and time -- Fiction.
Time travel -- Fiction.
Madison (Wis.) -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York :Harper,©2012.
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Contributors Baxter, Stephen.
Language English
Description 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062067753 (trade)
0062067753 (trade)
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