Flux

Flux Star humans were engineered to exist within the mantle of a star mere tools of their Earth evolved makers in a war against the Xeelee owners of the universe Stephen Baxter s third novel in his magni

  • Title: Flux
  • Author: Stephen Baxter
  • ISBN: 9780006476207
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Star humans were engineered to exist within the mantle of a star, mere tools of their Earth evolved makers in a war against the Xeelee, owners of the universe Stephen Baxter s third novel in his magnificent Xeelee Sequence is an exotic and endearing story of an abandoned people.

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    About “Stephen Baxter

    • Stephen Baxter

      Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge mathematics and Southampton Universities doctorate in aeroengineering research Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold Time His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the Year he also won the John W Campbell Award and the Philip K Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships He is currently working on his next novel, a collaboration with Sir Arthur C Clarke Mr Baxter lives in Prestwood, England.



    470 thoughts on “Flux

    • I try to read most books without reading the synopsis first, it is more fun discovering the story that way, but for Stephen Baxter’s books this never work out. Baxter has an immense imagination backed by a profound knowledge of science. He is also quite a good storyteller, definitely an ideal combo for writing hard sci-fi… but! I suspect he may find it difficult to conceive how little the layman understand scientific principles that he takes for granted. I imagine he hasn’t been a layman s [...]


    • I wanted to like this book, I really did. But I didn't. It's certainly not because I don't enjoy hard sf. Far from it. The first two in Baxter's Xeelee sequence, while far from literary triumphs, at least kept my attention and were fun to read. I have to admit that after 160 pages of Flux, I was forced to do something I never do: skim through sections until I hit some meat, which was much closer to the end of the story than I would have liked. I didn't care about any of the storylines except one [...]


    • 3 StarsFlux by Stephen Baxter, Book 3 in the Xeelee sequence, did not live up to the first two novels. I made a huge mistake in that I should have never moved on to this book after immediately having read Timelike Infinity. I absolutely loved that book and was thrilled with the hard science, deep philosophy, and great characters. With such an emotional impact, I should have waited a bit to move on to this book. I am giving this read 3 stars only because the world building is that good.It is sad [...]


    • Ugh! Even worse than "Raft"!Well, it's not that they're bad novels per se, it's just that they're so parroquial. They're absolutely not space operas, but small stories of a small group of ignorant people on a remote corner of the universe. That universe happens to be the same as "Timelike Infinity", so I read them just because of that, but if you're planning to read the Xeelee saga, you can skip Raft and Flux and have a better time sleeping, they feel so alien to the "proper" Xeelee universe, in [...]


    • Incredible. Life inside the mantle of a star, where breathable "Air" is actually more nearly a liquid than a gas with a density nearly identical to a human body, where "humans" essentially swim instead of walk. In addition to the hard science fiction aspects, I really enjoyed the contrast between the primitive but wise outsiders with the cultured but ignorant people of the city.I've enjoyed Baxter's novels, but this was the best so far. The climax kept pushing until the end, and the story had so [...]


    • Here's a memorable quote from the book -"Painfully slow," There. Yes. That's a quote. From the book. I'm not gonna give the context, since I think it is never out of place in the ENTIRE book, the storyline being good for about 1/5th or even 1/10th of its size.And the science. It is all off. Flux lines! Flux lines can't hit you! They are not discrete as implied in the story multiple times. Smelling photons. Impossible because it depends on a faster than light physiology. Not to mention instantane [...]


    • About a 200m spherical world inhabited by 'humans'. Some 'steam punk' aspects. The usual comparisons of 'modern' vs tribal worlds. Easily put down.



    • This has to be the craziest idea ever or a science-fiction novel: in the remote future, a group people have been miniaturized and tasked with living inside of and steering a neutron star that was fired at an immense cosmic structure created by enemies of humans.Occupying a side-slot in the grand Xeelee history, this novel also serves to show how Baxter's style has improved since his clumsy debut, "Raft", in spite of the even harder science. The group of characters that this book is concerned wit [...]


    • Flirted with giving this one 3 stars. For the first 2/3 of the book the fact that everyone's a microscopic being living inside a neutron star is essentially irrelevant. We just have a very slow story of aborigines seeing the big city for the first time. Of course at the end it goes all Baxtery and big things happen very quickly.


    • I confess to being a tad ambivalent about Baxter's work which confuses me a little. They are eminently readable and my limited knowledge of Science gives me no reason to question any of the Chemistry or Physics upon which Baxter has based this novel.This is the third in the Xeelee sequence, a loosely connected set of novels in which Humanity is an inferior race in a vast universe. The Xeelee, godlike beings far older than Man, are building an inconceivably huge artefact - a ring - through which [...]


    • “Dura woke with a start. There was something wrong. The photons didn’t smell right.”Any story which begins like that can’t help but pique one’s interest and draw you in, and this is just what Flux does.The third novel in Stephen Baxter’s Xeelee sequence is set inside a neutron star and follows microscopic Human Being, Dura, on a journey from the boondocks of the star’s mantle, downflux to the city of Parz, near the south pole. On arrival in Parz, Dura must survive ‘Glitches’ in [...]


    • Promising but, disappointing: The most striking thing about this novel is the setting. The events take place within a thin layer just below the surface of a neutron star.Somehow, life is possible within this environment and the main characters are a tiny race of beings created by humans to be able to live in the environment.Within this world, the author creates a preindustrial society whose attitudes bear an odd resemblance to those on the planet Norfolk in Peter Hamilton's "Night's Dawn" series [...]


    • I loved the concept of this book, I loved the world and the "humans" in it and the feeling of a deep strangeness, of reading about a totally alien culture, at first without being aware of it. But it was so tiring! I know a little bit about quantum physics and possible ways of space travel and this was not the first example of excellent and well-researched science fiction I read. But I'm not a physicist, I don't have the energy to read every page of a book about 10 times until I finally understan [...]


    • If you enjoyed Hot house by Brian Aldis or Dragon's Egg by Robert Forward, you should enjoy thus too. Set in the far future, it's about a race of people genetically engineered to survive in a neutron star. They think of themselves as human even though everything is different, their body chemistry is based on tin, not carbon. They smell photons and see by echo location, and they are very, very small. They live in an inverted world inside a star, the crust where plants grow is above, the quantum s [...]


    • Innovative projection of the future of humanity, but kind of a mish mash as a novel. The characters are so-so, the real focus of the book is that they're microscopic, and genetically engineered to live in an unnatural environment. Once that idea is spelled out, it's mainly the interaction of the characters to keep you involved, and Baxter isn't that great at dialog or interpersonal development. You really don't care about any of the characters, their emotions are so repressed. When you finally g [...]


    • Me gustó mucho mas esta novela que las dos anteriores de la serie (Raft, Timelike Infinity). La premisa es intrigante: una comunidad de seres humanos viviendo dentro de una estrella de neutrones. Por supuesto, la historia lleva relación con el tema mas amplio de los enigmáticos Xelee y sus mega proyectos galácticos Muy recomendable.


    • I did not enjoy Flux nearly as much as Timelike Infinity. It eventually started dragging in the middle making me want to skim to more intresting parts, but I persevered to the end. Let's hope the next book in the Xeelee series (Ring) is more engaging. Perhaps it's because I've read neutron star science fiction (notably the novels Dragons Egg & it's sequel Star Quake by Robert L. Forward), and the contrast in the world building and hard science fiction in those novels are markedly superior to [...]


    • The third book in Stephen Baxter's Xeelee sequence is his most straight forward and entertaining book of the three so far. Gone is the overwhelming physics info dumps, replaced with an Asimov-esque adventure tale, a story of a culture clash and the exploration of similar themes to the effect of the Empire in Asimov's universe.


    • Druhý díl Xeelee je opět výborná hard SF a Stephen Baxter mě tentokrát dostal snad ještě více než ve Voru. Člověk až žasne, s čím dokáže přijít - a přitom všechno naprosto věrohodně popíše a vysvětlí, aniž by příběh ztrácel napětí a čtivost. Mikroskopičtí lidé, prohánějící se obalem neutronové hvězdy v autech poháněných prasečími prdy, no uznejte sami, není to okouzlující?


    • As he did in Raft, Baxter plays with an idea in this novel. Heavily modified humans have colonized the mantle of a neutron star. The micro story taking up most of the novel is rather pedestrian, but the setting is magnificent. The macro story is about the fulfillment of a long lost purpose. Fun idea but not such a fun readokssboch/?p=402


    • Probably my favorite book in the Xeelee/Ring Cycle, and one of my favorite Baxter books. Incredibly imagined with a showstopper ending (at least for me). I didn't know it was part of the sequence when I read it and this made it all the more unusual. The only reason Time Ships gets more stars is because Time Ships was also incredibly fun and entertaining.


    • stephen baxter kann wirklich gute science fiction schreiben, das hat er in etlichen büchern eindrucksvoll unter beweis gestellt. hier allerdings hat er danebengetroffen und ein restlos aufgeblasenes miniaturuniversum geschaffen. die story könnte verlustfrei auf die hälfte entdampft werden und wäre immer noch langweilig. schade: das lesen dieses buches war zeitverschwendung.


    • I'm spending 2015 slowly re-reading Baxter's earlier stuff for a second time around - maybe as an antidote of hard, mind-spinning SF to his Long Earth whimsies. This is stronger and stranger than I remember, and the first time around was petty good!


    • Yes, there are some very questionable "scientific" ideas in this book, but then again, any sufficiently advanced technology would seem like magic to us, yadda yadda yadda. :) Ignoring that to a certain extent, this was a fascinating idea told with all of Baxter's usual flair.


    • Started to read this book (the 3rd in Baxter's Xeelee Sequence), but it was, even for me, a little too "out there" and after a couple of chapters, it really just wasn't working, so I set it aside and moved onto the next book (Ring).


    • An entertaining read about a race of human-made mini humans who live within a star. Nothing ingenious or incredible but a good read for a vacation.





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