My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is classic Stephen Baxter – the end of the world as we know it, only more positive than most (possibly the Arthur C Clarke influence?).
It has all the hallmarks of Baxter’s fascination with geology and anthropology and explores the emotional and social changes to humanity that result from advancements to our technology. And despite its science, the result is a warm and human story with parallels to issues of the present – at least, I didn’t see a generation growing up with wormhole technology as any different to a generation growing up with social media. Every generation is misunderstood by the technology-free generation before them.
I like the thought-provoking answers Baxter and Clarke present to long-standing issues – whether it be the cause of a neanderthal’s death or events in the time of Christ.
The world in these pages is vivid and realistic, the actions and motivations of people and companies both scary and promising at the same time.
As usual from either Clarke or Baxter, this story will stay with me for a long time.