The Long Utopia (Long Earth)

By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter

The fourth novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s across the world bestselling “Long Earth” sequence, hailed as “a great technology fiction collaboration . . . a love letter to all Pratchett fanatics, readers, and fans of ask yourself far and wide” (Io9).

2045-2059. Human society keeps to adapt on Datum Earth, its battered and weary starting place planet, because the unfold of humanity progresses during the many Earths beyond.

Lobsang, now an aged and complicated AI, suffers a breakdown, and disguised as a human makes an attempt to dwell a “normal” lifestyles on one of many thousands of lengthy Earth worlds. His previous pal, Joshua, now in his fifties, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown relations heritage. And the super-intelligent post-humans often called “the subsequent” proceed to evolve to existence between “lesser” humans.

But an alarming new problem looms. An alien planet has one way or the other develop into “entangled” with one of many lengthy Earth worlds and, as Lobsang and Joshua research, its voracious denizens intend to catch, triumph over, and colonize the hot universe—the lengthy Earth—they have inadvertently discovered.

World-building, the intersection of universes, the coexistence of numerous species, and the cosmic that means of the lengthy Earth itself are one of the mind-expanding topics explored during this intriguing new installment of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's awesome lengthy Earth series.

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Or so i've been programmed to develop into. My physique swarms with nanotech brokers, ageing me daily. and since i'm previous i'm in poor health. I be afflicted by a meticulously simulated arthritis, and diverse of my organs have difficulties. A extraordinary feat of artifice. ’ ‘Does it harm? ’ The cat stated not anything. ‘Well, do you want whatever to be performed? ’ After in basic terms 3 years right here, Agnes had now not but idea tough approximately her personal destiny, the years whilst it will begin to develop into bizarre if she didn't exhibit symptoms of age. She did recognize Lobsang had introduced a collection of platforms so they can regulate their visual appeal – yet she additionally knew there have been different innovations. ‘You don’t need to wade through this. lets rebuild you. faux your loss of life. shall we even name a twain and faux it introduced us one other, more youthful cat. ’ ‘No. i'm myself,’ Shi-mi stated firmly. ‘I have lengthy stories. i used to be made via the Black company as an insignificant expertise demonstrator. yet I sailed with Joshua and Lobsang on their first trip jointly, to the excessive Meggers and past. I travelled with Captain Maggie Kauffman to the ends of the lengthy Earth. In those final years i've been Ben’s cat, not anything extra, not anything much less. i'm really not keen to discard all that. ’ ‘You wouldn’t need to. You’d nonetheless be your self within. ’ The cat regarded up at her, her odd LED-green eyes slightly dimmed. ‘I couldn't develop into a few rowdy kitten and nonetheless be me. In any occasion there's no drawback, no longer but, no judgements desire be made. And I—’ yet now Ben got here operating into the backyard, and the dialog was once ended. Six years outdated, outfits scuffed, knees grubby, face a dust pack, hair a large number, Ben was once a package of strength. He carried a basket of grapes. ‘Agnes! Agnes! glance! ’ He held out his basket, and Agnes observed anything gleam on his correct arm, one of those silver bracelet. She placed down the cat, conscientiously. ‘What’s that you’ve acquired there? ’ ‘Grapes! ’ ‘I can see that. in your arm. ’ rapidly he concealed the arm in the back of his again. ‘Nothin’. am i able to take the grapes in? am i able to have a few? ’ ‘Come right here, younger guy. ’ She held out her hand, palm up. ‘Right hand please. ’ Agnes’s authoritative voice were honed over partial lifetimes facing young children of all shapes, sizes and internal stipulations, and Ben was once nowhere close to the main tricky she’d needed to take care of. And now, clutching his grapes awkwardly, he walked as much as Agnes and obediently caught out his arm. The bracelet was once a bit too large for him, and she or he slipped it off his wrist and over his hand simply. It used to be an easy loop of steel, obviously silver, obviously good made, and it was once heavy; it needed to be invaluable. expense tags in cash and cents didn’t suggest a lot the following, yet such goods as this, frequently introduced out as heirlooms or tokens of weddings and whatnot, have been prized. Shi-mi murmured to her – too softly for the boy to listen to; they nonetheless hadn’t instructed Ben that Shi-mi used to be synthetic. ‘I’ve obvious different young ones donning such issues. earrings, bangles. ’ ‘I think i've got too,’ Agnes whispered again. ‘I concept not anything of it. ’ She held out the bracelet. ‘What do you are making of it?

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