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Raft (Gateway Essentials Book 329) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 257 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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‘Polishes its ideas with such realistic brilliance you can see a whole civilization in it’
‘Fast paced, strong on suspense, efficiently written, and has moral weight, but it is in the creation of a genuinely strange and believable new universe that Baxter excels… rigorous, vigorous SF at its enjoyable best’
‘Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein succeeded in doing it, but very few others. Now Stephen Baxter joins their exclusive ranks – writing science fiction in which the science is right, the author knowledgeable, and the extrapolations a sheer pleasure to read, admire, enjoy’
‘Almost perfect… RAFT is very, very hard SF and it’s great fun’
- ASIN : B00AVUMIDG
- Publisher : Gateway (24 January 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 1310 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 296,095 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story involves the descendants of a star ship which passed into a different universe where gravity is a million times stronger. Hence stars a smaller and shorter lived and even small objects have considerable gravity. These descendant live in a nebula, inhabiting the Raft, a structure which includes the body of the ship, and the Belt, a series of dwellings orbiting the core of a small dead star mining the iron. There is considerable friction between the two colonies and the divisions in society result in revolution within these colonies and war between them. There are also stories of other worlds and fabulous creatures living among the nebula gases. However the colonies face a bigger challenge to find a new home and must unite to escape from the dying nebula.
The story is relatively short (245 pages), but is creative and thought provoking, with plenty of physics about the effects of high gravity environments. A good read for SF fans.
Thankfully the author has produced better since then (although his collaboration with Terry Pratchett) was pretty awful.
I was struck by similarly to some of Arthur C Clarke’s earlier works and it does not bear well on the comparison.
You can't perform a slingshot maneuver to escape the object you're slingshotting around, that's not how it works; You need to already be going fast enough to escape its gravity to be able to 'slingshot' around it.