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  • Xeelee Sequence, Book 7
  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Redemption

By: Stephen Baxter
Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
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Summary

Michael Poole finds himself in a very strange landscape.... 

This is the centre of the Galaxy. And in a history without war with the humans, the Xeelee have had time to built an immense structure here. The Xeelee Belt has a radius 10,000 times Earth's orbital distance. It is a light-year in circumference. If it was set in the solar system, it would be out in the Oort Cloud, among the comets - but circling the sun. If it was at rest, it would have a surface area equivalent to about 30 billion Earths. But it is not at rest: it rotates at near light speed. And because of relativistic effects, distances are compressed for inhabitants of the Belt and time drastically slowed.

The purpose of the Belt is to preserve a community of Xeelee into the very far future, when they will be able to tap dark energy, a universe-spanning antigravity field, for their own purposes. But with time the Belt has attracted populations of lesser species, here for the immense surface area, the unending energy flows. Poole, Miriam and their party, having followed the Ghosts, must explore the artefact and survive encounters with its strange inhabitants - before Poole, at last, finds the Xeelee who led the destruction of Earth....

©2018 Stephen Baxter (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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EPIC UNIVERSE SPANNING SPACE OPERA

SHADES OF LARRY NIVEN'S RINGWORLD ON A VASTLY LARGER SCALE,TRAVEL TO THE CENTRE OF THE GALAXY AND SEE THE UNIVERSE AS YOU PROBABLY NEVER IMAGINED IT.WITH A CREW OF FASCINATING CHARACTERS.IF YOU LIKE SPACE OPERA YOU SHOULD LIKE THIS.

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Xeelee Redemption: Baxter at his best

I have read a lot of Baxter. Usually I love them but sometimes I don’t. This is one that I love. The action spans the lifetime of the universe; there is plenty of relativity and other bits of physics; and the story keeps moving. The reading is excellent.

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Good hard sci fi story telling

Maybe not to everyone's taste as most of the conversation is science based, with not the most in depth of characters. Some ideas from other writers in here but on a bigger scale. Unsure of the journey times in here travelling by truck as thing so large. Will look forward to the next installment.

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