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Author: S. Baxter
ISBN13: 978-1417769902
Title: Exultant
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Language: English
Category: Science Fiction
Publisher: San Val (October 2005)

Exultant by S. Baxter



Even in a genre characterized by unfettered imagination, Baxter s future universe is extraordinary in its depth, breadth, and richness of invention. Cutting-edge physics, subtle humor, time-travel paradoxes, and loopy twists combine to give readers a wonderfully original sci-fi experience. It can be read independently of Coalescent, which is set in the same universe but mostly in the present age.

Book's title: Exultant Stephen Baxter. Library of Congress Control Number: 2004052888. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 0345457889. System Control Number: (Sirsi) 9559505. Personal Name: Baxter, Stephen. Download Exultant Stephen Baxter. leave here couple of words about this book: Tags: Air power.

Author: Stephen Baxter. Publisher: Del Rey, 2004. Working with widely differing elements of society, Red learns many secrets he’d rather not know, adjusts to new knowledge, and grows into a leadership role: he heads up Exultant, the elite squadron tasked with deploying the new weapon. Even in a genre characterized by unfettered imagination, Baxter’s future universe is extraordinary in its depth, breadth, and richness of invention.

PART ONE. In the past we humans, struggling to comprehend our place in the universe, imagined gods, and venerated them. But now we have looked across the width of the universe, and from its beginning to its end. And we know there are no gods. We are the creators of the future.

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About book: Time travel paradox bifurcate the hero's journey. Baxter has a head full of great concepts, and not all seem to make it to the page intact. The war between human and the mysterious Xeelee introduces a lot of wild concepts (most familiar among them the idea of war as Malthusian population control), but when we meet the bureaucrats on Earth who command the war effort these ideas teeter on the brink of clumsy satire; when the younger Pirius is granted an audience with one such bureaucrat, the man behind

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Baxter has an uncanny gift for mixing a punchy, cyberpunk cynicism with his resolutely hard SF story base. rivals Asimov in its boundless vision for the future evolution of humanity. For more than twenty thousand years, humans have been at war with the alien race of Xeelee. This book is only slightly better than its prequel. In the far future, humanity has conquered the galaxy, exterminated several other alien races and eliminated dissension, except for the war with the.

Reviews: 7
Shezokha
The Xeelee Sequence is one of the great ideas in recent science fiction, but: The idea is not matched in any way by the authors ability to write. He is primarily a "employed engineer/scientist", and while that lends the technical aspects of the work some excellent veracity, the overall plotting of the stories and technical mastery of the craft is, well, terrible.
The plot details are so unlikely and primitive that the books are actually HARD TO READ. Projecting 20-30 thousand years into the human future is not easy for anyone (but it can be done effectively, go read Dune), and I'm afraid that Baxter just can't pull it off. His description and justification of the society and culture and war machine and "everything else' is laughably bad. He does better with his view of aliens, where his scientific skills allow some better "extensionality" of his thoughts. But when writing about human emotions, motivations, pressures, and feelings: Most of the stuff that I have read to date is on the "freshman high school level". I am not criticising Baxter personally: It's just that as a writer: He is an excellent mathematician and engineer. Those are more important fields anyway. My biggest problem is that the stories are so poorly put together it is hard to get "deep" into the series, I just don't have any drive to go back and pick up something that reads like it was written as an assignment in Freshman (H.S.) creative writing.
Urtte
I read this one after "Transcendent". I liked Exultant much better. Actually, I like Transcendent better now than after first reading it because of the way some of the undercurrents from Exultant flow into it.

Humanity's galactic stagnation in the face of a galactic war reminded me of some of Baxter's other books in which civilizations went stagnent or collapsed due to lack of resources or slavish devotion to ideology. I find it an interesting commentary on the present because we're facing possible energy starvation and are experiencing a resurgence in mysticism.

Then, there is the physics underlying it all. Baxter's fiction is about the best intro to cosmology I've encountered. Before I read Exultant, I never really distinguished the surface of a black hole from the event horizon. However, the preservation of energy within a black hole is disturbing because I always assumed that it was homogenous in there. Time to read some physics again because I'm sure Baxter bases his fiction on reality.

So many concepts to dwell on, so little time. I could not put this book down - and I'm a slow reader.
Zeus Wooden
I liked Exultant a lot, and I have read just about all Stephen Baxter's other books, especially in the whole "Xeelee sequence".

I think Exultant is a fine addition to the lot, and I think Exultant is tying "Coalescent" into the rest of the whole long Xeelee thing...

Also I started with "Vacuum Diagrams" and then worked my way through Baxter's other Xeelee books. So in reading more of his stories, I was frequently encountering things which had been mentioned in passing before in other books, but finally got their full treatment in the story at hand.

This is one of his trademarks that I like a lot. His overall framework, the whole Xeelee thing from the beginning to the end of the universe, is consistent enough, and yet loose enough, to allow further "zooming in" on details (and even improving the physics, as realtime passes out here and more is discovered that relates to the concepts used in the stories), without having to contradict the main history timeline.

So in Exultant we learn some more about the early days of the universe, and the Xeelee, and it doesn't really contradict his earlier books, just goes beyond them in specificity and detail.

And vice versa, in Exultant someone takes a side trip to a world of "reality dust" to find a super weapon.... well, zingo, soon after reading that, I ordered a copy of "Reality Dust" itself and read the original about the reality dust thing. Plus it got its start in one short story episode that's also in Vacuum Diagrams.

(even getting to read Flux, and Raft, AFTER Vacuum Diagrams, Ring, and Timelike Infinity, rather than before them, was an extra pleasure to me, since I read them in reverse order from how he wrote them, yet they still hang together well)

So part of the pleasure in reading was to hit something briefly in Vacuum Diagrams, then see a lot more of its consequences in Exultant, and finally pull back to fill in the details in Reality Dust.... and all this is just one minor twisty turny quirk, in his overall huge universal saga.

Also I suspect that one Baxter presumably Xeelee book I see on Amazon but HAVEN'T read yet (I guess it's out of print?), "Riding the Rock", may actually fill in the details, of the origin of the base on the asteroid, and the recurring name of their commander, which has persisted on its mission for generations, used by the Exultant team....
Stan
If you like science fiction you will like this book. It is imaginative, has some original ideas, and you care about the characters. While it would be good to read the first book in this series (coalescent), it isn't absolutely necessary. This second book in the series is set around 25,000 years to the future of the first book. It is a galaxy perpetually at total war. Humans have exterminated every alien species they meet, and now have a group of the last remaining aliens fighting a hugh several thousand-year-old battle at the very center of the galaxy, at a black hole named Chandra. Billions of soldiers are bred, conditioned, and die before their 20th birthdays, as they are basically hurled at the enemy, to keep the aliens from ultimately attacking earth. The story begins with one young pilot actually capturing an alien ship. This has never happened before. When he brings it back to base, he is punished for his initiative. The fear is that anything that disturbs the equilibrium of perpetual battle may ultimately tip things in a bad direciton for us. What happens subsequently is the subject of the novel. And a very good one it is.