Proxima

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Proxima: Book 1 Publisher's Summary

The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and 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? Yuri Jones, with a thousand others, is about to find out.

©2013 Stephen Baxter (P)2014 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • Proxima: Book 1

    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
    • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 410
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 374
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 372

    The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and 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. How would it be to live on such a world?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • No Sense of Conclusion

    • By Lisa Davidson on 04-24-16

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 2

    • Ultima

    • Proxima, Book 2
    • By: Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
    • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 218

    On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered - hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences. As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light: We all have countless pasts converging in this present - and our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old, and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 2 delivers the goods.

    • By Angus on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $41.99