Books by Stephen Baxter

"I was born in Liverpool, England, in 1957. I have degrees in mathematics, from Cambridge University, and engineering, from Southampton University. I worked as a teacher of maths and physics, and for several years in information technology. I applied to b


IRON WINTER by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Impressive and worthwhile, but even committed readers will be tempted to skim at times."
Final entry in the alternate-world Northland trilogy (Bronze Summer, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
BRONZE SUMMER by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Gripping, well researched and sharply intelligent."
The saga of Northland, a sophisticated hunter-gatherer civilization thriving behind a vast wall shielding it from the invading waters of the North Sea (Stone Spring, 2011), continues in a tumultuous alternate 1159 B.C. Read full book review >
THE LONG EARTH by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 19, 2012

"Still, the authors have plenty of fresh insights to offer, and fans of either will want to tag along and see where it all leads."
Pratchett, author of the esteemed Discworld yarns (Snuff, 2011, etc.), and collaborator Baxter (Stone Spring, 2011, etc.) venture into alternate worlds. Read full book review >
STONE SPRING by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Jean Auel meets Al Gore—but without Auel's sense of drama and around-the-fire storytelling, and without Gore's skill at popularizing science."
You want climate change? Try living back in the Paleolithic, when proto-Picts prowled, icebergs melted and odd travelers from Jericho ate your store of elk meat and gawked at your daughter uninvited. Read full book review >
FIRSTBORN by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"Readable, but more science travelogue than science fiction—and if you were anticipating a conclusion, or at least an alien encounter, forget it."
Wrapping up the Time Odyssey trilogy—according to the publishers anyway. The book's contents speak otherwise. Read full book review >
EMPEROR by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Packed with dryly accurate historical detail and peopled with stock characters, the episodic, overextended narrative trudges along without any heartfelt social or political dimension."
First in a new alternate-history series from the author of Coalescent (2003). Read full book review >
SUNSTORM by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2005

"By the time the exposition-stuffed narrative gets around to reporting on the main event, few readers will care."
Hostile aliens intend to blow up the Sun and wipe humanity out in this sequel to Time's Eye, (2004), where one reappearing character, unlike anybody else, retains memories from the previous adventure. Read full book review >
EXULTANT by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Rivals Asimov in its boundless vision for the future evolution of humanity."
The good news is that somebody figured out how to stop a millennia-long human-alien conflict. The bad news is they might destroy the universe doing it. Read full book review >
TIME’S EYE by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Curiously sloppy, with biographical contradictions and a rationale that's inconsistently applied: despite the many echoes of 2001, more spectacle than substance."
Second collaborative effort (The Light of Other Days, 2000) from these two individually famous authors, and first of a two-book series exploring the manipulation of time. Read full book review >
COALESCENT by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Baxter (Evolution, Feb. 2003, etc.) will never win prizes for style, but he's much more convincing when he writes about physical science and engineering (the Manifold series) than biology: Tepid."
First of a new three-book series, Destiny's Children, imagining the future course of human evolution. Read full book review >
EVOLUTION by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

Bulky assemblage—it's a stretch to call this a novel—of animated dioramas endeavoring to illustrate the story of primate evolution. Read full book review >

LONGTUSK by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2001

Second volume (following Silverhair, 1999) of Baxter's trilogy, previously published in Britain. Read full book review >

ICEBONES by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

Final installment of Baxter's trilogy (it previously appeared in Britain) featuring intelligent mammoths—although, unaccountably, the publishers released the first two volumes here in the wrong order (Silverhair, 1999; Longtusk, 2001). Read full book review >

MANIFOLD: SPACE by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

This second part of Baxter's spectacular hard-science trilogy has nothing in common with Manifold: Time (2000) except the protagonist, astronaut Reid Malenfant. Read full book review >

THE LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2000

This first collaborative effort from Clarke, the venerable author of 3001:  The Final Odyssey (1997), etc., and the up-and-coming Baxter (Manifold:  Time, Jan. 2000, etc.), exploits an old SF idea:  a device that allows anyone to spy on anyone else, anywhere…and anytime.  Well, the denizens of this near-future know that, in 500 years, the giant Wormwood asteroid will smash Earth.  Unscrupulous, manipulative Hiram Patterson's WormCam - it uses stabilized quantum wormholes to connect any two points - is the perfect all-purpose spy-eye; nothing can be concealed and so privacy is rendered obsolete.  Among other developments:  Hiram's son Bobby is surprised to learn that he has a brilliant physicist half-brother by the name of David.  As WormCam technology spreads, politicians and other public figures crash and burn - their misdeeds cannot be concealed.  David modifies the WormCam to probe the past…and the accepted version of history collapses.  New mores develop.  Many find the present intolerable and use their WormCams compulsively to relive the past.  Bobby's half-sister Mary invents the SmartShroud that conceals the wearer from the WormCam; and she implants a wormhole-and-computer in her head, allowing the instant sharing of thoughts with those similarly equipped.  Known as the "Joined," they're developing into a collective intelligence - but can they stop Wormwood?

Often chaotic but fizzing with ideas:  one of those rare books you wish had been longer, with a more thorough exploration of the many fascinating issues it raises.  ($250,000 ad/promo)

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MANIFOLD: TIME by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

First entry in a hypercomplicated, hard-science trilogy, from the author of Moonseed (1998), etc. After washing out of NASA's astronaut training program, Reid Malenfant ("bad child") sets up the Bootstrap corporation, intending to lure humans into space with the promise of the limitless natural resources available there. Read full book review >

SILVERHAIR by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

First of a projected science fiction trilogy from the England-resident author of Moonseed (1998). Read full book review >

MOONSEED by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

Another massive near-future, near-space yarn from the author of Voyage (1997). Read full book review >

VOYAGE by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

Tom Clancy meets Tom Wolfe as newcomer Baxter crams a shifting cast of dozens into this obsessively researched revision of the American space program, the payoff for which is a manned landing on Mars. Back in the late '60s, with Kennedy dead and Nixon in the White House, the country's appetite for interplanetary exploration waned. Read full book review >