Manifold: Time

Manifold Time Hailed by Arthur C Clarke as a major new talent Stephen Baxter is one of the most gifted writers to appear in the last decade His stunning novels combine state of the art scientific speculation with

  • Title: Manifold: Time
  • Author: Stephen Baxter
  • ISBN: 9780345430755
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hailed by Arthur C Clarke as a major new talent, Stephen Baxter is one of the most gifted writers to appear in the last decade His stunning novels combine state of the art scientific speculation with nonstop adventure on a cosmic scale, continuing the grand tradition of science fiction pioneered by such giants as Isaac Asimov and Robert E Heinlein.Now the multi award Hailed by Arthur C Clarke as a major new talent, Stephen Baxter is one of the most gifted writers to appear in the last decade His stunning novels combine state of the art scientific speculation with nonstop adventure on a cosmic scale, continuing the grand tradition of science fiction pioneered by such giants as Isaac Asimov and Robert E Heinlein.Now the multi award winning author gives us his most ambitious and accomplished novel yet Audaciously conceived, brilliantly executed, it is nothing less than a masterpiece an unforgettable race through and against time itself, with the fate of the universe and all mankind hanging in the balance.The year is 2010 More than a century of ecological damage, industrial and technological expansion, and unchecked population growth has left the Earth on the brink of devastation But as the world s governments turn inward, one man dares to gamble on a bolder, brighter future That man Reid Malenfant has a very different solution to the problems plaguing the planet the exploration and colonization of space.Battling national sabotage and international outcry, Malenfant s bootstrap company builds a spacecraft, plots its course, and trains the genetically enhanced Sheena 5 for her one way journey As apocalyptic riots sweep the globe, Malenfant launches the rocket But Sheena has plans of her own And even as she sets them in motion, the situation on Earth grows desperate and violent.Now Malenfant together with a brilliant but disturbed mathematician, a child prodigy, and his ex wife must gamble the very existence of time and space on a single desperate throw of the dice The odds are a trillion to one against him Or are they

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    1. Squuuuiiiidddsss innnnnn sppppaaacceeeee….I enjoyed attending Stephen Baxter's class…wait, this was a novel?? Manifold: Time is the epitome of a Baxter three-star effort: some mind-bending ideas about the cosmos, a plot, some classroom lessons, some bad exposition of facts and some cardboard characters. That being said, I have enjoyed three of the four Baxter novels I've read to date, including this one.In true Baxter style, Manifold is a canvas for awesome cosmological theories and implicat [...]

    2. Baxter's work, if I'm remembering the right author, is generally difficult stuff. This one, though, really aggravated me, because the whole thing (including all the characters' motivations) revolves around a flawed concept of how statistics and probability work. In brief, this is the notion of a "probabilistic doomsday," which suggests that because the probability of any given human being alive now is very small if the future holds an indefinitely expanding or even stabilizing population of huma [...]

    3. 3.0 to 3.5 stars. It has been a while since I read this and it is on my list to re-read in the near future. I do remember being blown away by the science of the story but feeling that the plot was a little slow at parts. Nominee: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

    4. I'm going to preemptively review this book with five stars.Allow me to explain why--One of the POV characters is a genetically enhanced squid (given human level intelligence) who is sent on an exploratory mission to an asteroid. The squid, without the human trainer's knowledge, is pregnant when she leaves on the trip.After a while, space squids begin expanding their habitat, developing culture, expanding through the solar system.You can see why I like this book. SQUID IN SPACE!It also features t [...]

    5. I don't want to take the time to write out a full review for this book, so here's just a few un-organized thoughts:Sometimes it feels like the story is just a framework for Baxter to explain cosmological theories and principles of physics. This leads to very boring stretches in the book, like when the main characters are traveling through hundreds of virtually indistinguishable universes that differ only in their laws and durations (which the characters are somehow able to intuit based on being [...]

    6. Take one part "The Midwich Cuckoos" and one part "2001: A Space Odyssey", chop roughly. Add One Years Subscription of "New Scientist" - first setting aside feature articles on "The History of the Cosmos" (to be used as garnish later).Blend mix till lumpy mess and strain out any hints of believable character.Pour slop into a Robert Heinlein rusty mould (shaped like pubescent male wish fulfillment - you know what that looks like - hint - BIG Rockets). Sprinkle with stale dust of Ayn Rand's Far rig [...]

    7. *whew!* done. Exhausting, depressing, silliness. And I'm confused, how is it Emma survived to see the end of it all in the year 2208?! The story begins 2010 and yet there she is. And the congresswoman, too. Oops! big error here. Uh oh, would this be considered a spoiler? Well, I don't care I don't recommend this to anyone. The open desires for a socialist world order together with the atheist and humanist movements are too in-your-face nowadays and only spawns hopelessness and despair hence the [...]

    8. Manifold: Time is one of those books that blows you away, but subtly at first--you don't realize how epic it is until you're halfway through, and you look back and can only think: "wow."However, it wasn't immediately love at first sight with this book, for me. I spent the first forty-odd pages getting hung up on the rapid POV shifts (sometimes several on one page), choppy two-paragraph scenes of action followed by a similarly-choppy two more paragraphs of action. The story starts out jumping bet [...]

    9. "Време" е доста сложна книга, пълна с идеи, физика и астрономия. Определено не е масово четиво и мисля, че даже не е и писано с такава насоченост.Краят и ме поизмъчи, но не съжалявам, че я дочетох. Идеите на Бакстър са грандиозни и добре развити, макар и на моменти твърде многосл [...]

    10. I am a fan of Stephen Baxter's. Vacuum Diagrams and The Time Ships were two of my favorite sci-fi books in the last ten years (at least among the Sci Fi I have read.) And I was looking forward to diving into a meaty trilogy of his that I could be reading for awhile. However whereas those two novel's took some fascinating contemporary science and built interesting conflicts and narratives on top of them, this book drowns beneath them.Too often the action gets bogged down in a scene where one scie [...]

    11. I seem to have had a similar experience to many who have struggled doggedly through Stephen Baxter's novels: the ideas he presents (generally hard science in the form of current theoretical physics, mathematics, bioengineering, etc.) are FASCINATING, and if you can get your mind around them at all, said mind will emerge bent and possibly a little shattered. However, the writing itself is totally unengaging (with a few sparkling moments of exception), and all of the characters fall pretty flat. I [...]

    12. I have always been a fan of the more space opera kind of science fiction like Star Wars, Star Trek or Dune. This book which is apparently the first in a series is very well written and is more hard scifi than anything else.The story bends around the idea that within 200 years the earth and humanity would cease to exist and the result of this idea on society. There is one person responsible for changing the face of space exploration and space flight and he gets hindered by those in power who have [...]

    13. It's always fun when you read a Sci-Fi novel and it starts off in the year 2010, where mankind is on the edge of extinction due to overpopulation and environmental damage. It does make you wonder if any politicians have ever read any Sci-fi, doesn't it?! Anywaya lot of my friends have been recommending Stephen Baxter to me for as long as I can remember and one suggested that I start with Manifold: Time. This fast-paced, space adventure centres around Reid Malenfant, a man who realises that time [...]

    14. As an ardent sci-fi fan since my early reading days, I have a collection dating back from the birth of the genre in the 30’s up to it’s heyday in the 70’s and early 80’s. I lost touch a bit and wandered off in the realms of the fantasy genre but I still get an urge for some proper sci-fi and frequently revisit Azimov, Pohl, Harrison and other cosy old favourites.Apart from Iain M. Banks’ superb ‘Culture’ series, I hadn’t read any offerings from the new generation of authors so I [...]

    15. I'd lead off with 'squids in space' but it's been done. But still, come on, SQUIDS in SPACE! :)I've never needed as my constant companion as much as while reading this book. Unlike others, however, for me this is a positive attribute of Manifold: Time, not a liability. I love learning (why else do people read, seriously?); all this new-to-me vocabulary, science, people, and ideas (Fermi Paradox, Carter Catastrophe, probabilistic statistics, tori, quark nuggets, Bekenstein bound, waldoes, Freema [...]

    16. I had already read several of Baxter's books when I read Manifold:Time. Before Manifold, I enjoyed his work After Manifold- I was completely sucked in and hooked. After reading this one, I began to search out and order all of his other books. I really loved how Baxter took on the subject of quantum physics. He takes the space and time, woven into the story to explain many very complex concepts, and he also illustrates and demonstrates them within the context of the story. this combination is a h [...]

    17. Great mind bending sci-fi, very smart. While some sci-fi lacks a human element, what was good about this book was that all the human elements felt very real and drew me in - I really cared about the characters. The prose was also very evocative at times, poetic even. The book touched on so many subjects, as if the writer just couldn't stop accessing all the spidery recesses of his mind, and then finding a way to add them to the story In some ways this bloated the story quite a bit, and distracte [...]

    18. Bootstrap to outer space was a great start. It was a good read at the time but I can't remember anything about it now except it was very strange at the end.

    19. Deep, hypnotizing, grand.Reminiscent of Clarke's 2001: The Space Odyssey and The Time Machine by Wells, and gives you as huge of an existential crisis as they do. I have not come across an interpretation of the creation of the universe, the multiverse, and the purpose of Man as ambitious as Baxter's, though. He had grand ideas. What if black holes, by their nature, were portals to universes close to ours? What if we could find out if these universes were similar to, or vastly different from ours [...]

    20. The movie 'Interstellar' came out in 2014, and I told my then-coworker Jim that I liked it, and I thought some scenes reminded me of '2001: A Space Odyssey' down to the bad ending. I may have mentioned about the notion of humanity's survival and the universe, some such. In any case, Jim told me that he thought the people who made the film must have read this book 'Manifold: Time' as some of the theme overlapped, and if I'm interested in this topic, I'd like it. I lost my book in Ireland halfway [...]

    21. Another great read from the master!Hard SF (but not *too* hard), intertwined with a salutary tale concerning the effects of a century of mankind's ruing the planet - turns out it doesn't matter anyway, as we're all going to croak in a couple of centuries, to make way for a new universe.

    22. I read the first two of three in this series, Manifold: Time and Manifold: Space. Manifold: Origin is sitting on my shelf, and will likely remain there for some time, as the first two books have almost completely exhausted my hunger for hard sci-fi.And by "hard" sci-fi, I mean science fiction that is less about story or character than it is about ideas, specifically scientific ideas. Baxter's ideas are so technical and obtuse as to be almost incomprehensible to a lay person like myself, and his [...]

    23. Originally posted on bluchickenninja.I think I should start this review by mentioning the cover of this book which is so pretty I took one look at it and immediately decided I needed to read this book. It wasn’t even the cover of the first book I saw (this whole series has super pretty covers), all I knew is it was science-fiction, it was written by Stephen Baxter and it had to be mine. Now I know many people will say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (even though we all do) and I am v [...]

    24. Manifold is not a series per se, but rather different explorations of the theme “Are we alone in the universe?”. In “Time”, a portal is discovered in the solar system, and some fascinating stuff happens related to preserving life and intelligence in the long term. In “Space”, The Fermi Paradox is suddenly reversed, with aliens appearing everywhere and the whole universe is just one big fight for resources, to the point of utter barbarism.I had some nasty nightmares after these, which [...]

    25. It's unfortunate that Baxter decided to build the story of the book upon the premise of the so called Carter Catastrophe. This statistical doomsday argument is not only counter intuitive, it is also completely bogus. The page on this topic and the discussion subpage host quite a freak show of college math level tea leaf readers making a dance about their 'mathematical proofs'. I say unfortunate because the true beauty of Manifold Time is how Baxter resolves the bleak possible future of billions [...]

    26. I like Steven Baxter as a thinker, but as an author he has allot of work to do. The book is filled with some grand ideas, but the characters are such shallow cutouts it's hard to really take anything seriously.People give speeches explaining the plot instead of actually conversing with one another, events happen without plausability but rather because that's what the plot demanded.The idea of a billionare ex-astronaut funding his own space program because the government won't is a tired trope of [...]

    27. Stephen Baxter's "Manifold: Time" is apparently the first in a trilogy of books concerning alternate universes, but I'll be content not knowing how the second and third books go. While certainly full of ideas (regarding, among other things, time travel, space time travel, super-smart squids, and super-smart kids), the writing is generally dry and the characters unengaging.Baxter clearly has a science background, but his writing could benefit from a possible collaboration with another writer who [...]

    28. Stephen Baxter is an aeronautical engineer by trade, and his formal training shines through in this entertaining and enlightening book. His descriptions of the technology needed to further explore our solar system (and the stars beyond) are excellent, as are his expository passages on the current thinking in physics and his imaginative use of those theories within the framework of his story. And the story itself is fast-paced, intriguing, and full of twists, turns, and surprises. The ending itse [...]

    29. While i enjoyed the sci-fi concepts and the use of squid in space (could have done without the angsty squid sex though) there was something lacking. The characters were flat, almost insignificant to the plot, the science. It wasn't a story I could fully invest in. I cared more about Sheena the squid and her offspring than the various unfleshed humans. So of course they disappeared for about a third of the book.

    30. Wanted so badly to finish this but just couldn't because it was such a bore and gave up at around 80%. Probably good science fiction, but terrible piece of writing

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