Evolution (Free or read online) author Stephen Baxter


  • Paperback
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  • Evolution
  • Stephen Baxter
  • English
  • 01 March 2018
  • 9780345457837

10 thoughts on “Evolution

  1. says:

    I had put off reading this book for years because while I've enjoyed many of Stephen Baxter's novels the idea of wading through 750 pages of the story of human evolution narrated by anthropomorphised primates really didn't appeal The ape creatures in the last and weakest part of his TimeSpaceOrigin trilogy had put me offMy bad This is really nothing less than a story of how we became human of nature red in too

  2. says:

    This is a series of episodes illustrating critical if imagined chapters in primate evolution It begins with a story about a primordial primate living underfoot while dinosaurs are stomping around works its way up to a brief episode about modern humans and then immediately wipes out the human race and moves forward The pre human episodes are meant to conform very closely to the fossil record Indeed when indulg

  3. says:

    THIS is LIFE Anybody interested in the WHY at all should read this book Baxter excells himself by describing the roots of humanity and the hardship of our ancestors on the way obtaining self awarenessI havenĀ“t seen anything better re

  4. says:

    Worthwhile I received this book as a gift and did not have high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised Baxter manages to novelise very effectively the course of evolution through billions of years which is no mean achievement The book is fact based though of necessity it does spin some extravagant speculation from those facts and in a few places those speculations are less than convincing such as the prehistoric Neandertha

  5. says:

    In the musical 1776 Col Thomas McKean says of General Washington's reports from the field reporting everything that's gon

  6. says:

    This is kind of different It doesn't have a plot It's essentially a series of short stories about the lives of various creatures on the evolutionary path to modern humans and beyond Said that way it doesn't sound very interesting but it kept

  7. says:

    As a rollicking science fiction tale this book may leave the reader scratching their head It is a series of interrelated short stories and vignettes given from the viewpoint of creatures stretching back in time from the first tiny mammals to survive the impact which took out the dinosaurs to the present to the distant future when our planet is trashed and our sun has expanded to re absorb the EarthWhat this s

  8. says:

    Having read Baxter's Manifold Time I wasn't expecting much characterization or plot as is the case in much hard sci fi Strangely some of the non human characters of Evolution were a lot real than some of the human ones If you liked the suid in ManifoldTime you'll probably like Evolution The book is longer than it had to be but the 15 or so stories were mostly worthwhile At times the genes working to survive theme was

  9. says:

    A good book but about 100 pages too long The author dramatized mammalian evolution from the time of the dinosaurs until a future hundreds of millions of years from now Having watched Cosmos this summer I have been thinking about the incomprehensible spans of time that have passed since the formation of the universe and since life began on this planet Evolution serves as a reminder of just how brief our species' time in the sun really has b

  10. says:

    This book reminded me in many ways of those Walking With Dinosaurs TV shows The book is broken up into sections each set in a different era So

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Evolution

Ma of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous beauty Sixty five million years ago when dinosaurs ruled the Earth there lived a small mammal a proto primate of the species Purgatorius From this humble beginning Baxter traces the human lineage forward through time The advent. Worthwhile I received this book as a gift and did not have high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised Baxter manages to novelise very effectively the course of evolution through billions of years which is no mean achievement The book is fact based though of necessity it does spin some extravagant speculation from those facts and in a few places those speculations are less than convincing such as the prehistoric Neanderthal shanty town outside the Homo Sapiens village Baxter writes about science in a very elouent and engaging way Where he consistently shows weakness is when he is writing dialogue This led me to skip through the stilted Roman chapter That said the later chapter about the British soldiers in an empty future England was uite haunting and I really liked the way he consistently found low key but satisfying conclusions to the various evolutionary vignettes A book that geniunely throws fresh perspective on the evolution of life I m glad I read it

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Stretching from the distant past into the remote future from primordial Earth to the stars Evolution is a soaring symphony of struggle extinction and survival; a dazzling epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand dra. This is a series of episodes illustrating critical if imagined chapters in primate evolution It begins with a story about a primordial primate living underfoot while dinosaurs are stomping around works its way up to a brief episode about modern humans and then immediately wipes out the human race and moves forward The pre human episodes are meant to conform very closely to the fossil record Indeed when indulging in extreme flights of fancy Baxter provides explanatory bits as to why it s at least possible that his speculations are consistent with current understandings I found the later post human episodes less believable although entertainingly imaginative Baxter leans very heavily on themes which are important and seldom considered That the process of evolution is brutal painful and uncaring that its outcomes are arbitrary that sexual drives and sexual conflict are at the root of every origin He presents all his subjects with the same tight focus and tries to narrate from within the head of even his most primitive characters This has left me months later with an altered perspective about the mice and suirrels that live under my feet In that respect I d say that this book was extremely effective although perhaps not in the way that was intended

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Ure that unfolds is a gripping odyssey governed by chance and competition a perilous journey to an uncertain destination along a route beset by sudden and catastrophic upheavals It is a route that ends for most species in stagnation or extinction Why should humanity escape this fate. Having read Baxter s Manifold Time I wasn t expecting much characterization or plot as is the case in much hard sci fi Strangely some of the non human characters of Evolution were a lot real than some of the human ones If you liked the suid in ManifoldTime you ll probably like Evolution The book is longer than it had to be but the 15 or so stories were mostly worthwhile At times the genes working to survive theme was too explicit and overdone let the reader s intelligence do some work and was like reading Richard Dawkins than reading a novel but overall this was an engrossing and educational fictionalization of evolutionary history I liked the speculative parts which is why one should read sci fi after all the air whales intelligent dinosaurs post human descendents and especially the self replicating robots on Mars which provided a nice counter point to the story on Earth while strengthening the overall theme of evolution If you think evolution is the slightest bit interesting and have a bit of imagination I d recommend this book


About the Author: Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge mathematics and Southampton Universities doctorate in aeroengineering research Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C Clarke Award most recently for Manifold Time His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the