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The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence, each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light.
The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun - and (in this fiction) - the nearest to host a world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. But Proxima IV is unlike Earth in many ways. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, it keeps one face to its parent star at all times. The "substellar point", with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the "antistellar point" on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world? Yuri Jones, with a thousand others, is about to find out.
©2013 Stephen Baxter (P)2014 Tantor
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By Lisa Davidson on 04-24-16

No Sense of Conclusion

Even a series novel should be able to stand alone on its own merits. This book left way too many people, themes, and plot twists hanging. After giving the story more than 17 hours of my life, I experienced a dramatic let-down. I feel disappointed for getting involved in the first place. Just as the characters betrayed each other, the entire story betrays the reader with an unworthy ending. It ran out of fuel--and I don't know if I want to put this much energy into book two.

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By SharkHunterSFO on 11-06-14

could be the start of a good series

Proxima; the new book by Stephen Baxter. tell the story of the human interfacing with the plant Proxima, It is a good start to a series. even though it is a little slow in starting, Mr, McCarley narration is brilliant,

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