Vacuum Diagrams - Xeelee, Bk 5 Author:Stephen Baxter Collection of short stories. — "And everywhere the humans went they found life..." This dazzling future history, the most ambitious and exciting since Asimov's classic Foundation novels, tells the story of Humankind--all the way to the end of the Universe itself. — Here, in luminous and vivid narratives spanning five million years, are the first P... more »oole wormholes spanning the solar system; the conquest of Human planets by Squeem; GUTships that outrace light; the back-time invasion of the Qax; the mystery and legacy of the Xeelee, and their artifacts as large as small galaxies; photino birds and Dark Matter; and the Ring, where Ghost, Human, and Xeelee contemplate the awesome end of Time.
Collects all twenty-two Xeelee Sequence stories (written between 1987- 1995, four from Asimovs, eight from Interzone, the rest from various small- press publications) together in fix-up novel form, with a new story (''Eve'') included as bridging material. All the stories have been revised for this edition, a new timeline has been appended, and references to the other novels which make up the author's ''Xeelee Sequence'' Future History (Raft, Timelike Infinity, Flux and Ring) have been included as footnotes.
Extraordinary book, I've read several other books by Baxter, and this one probably covers the longest time span of any book I've ever read. A few million years here and there, and pretty soon you're talking about REAL time.