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The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)

1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?

2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive — some say mad, others allege dangerous — scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth — and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . .

Review:

"In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore. A revolutionary process known as Stepping has allowed humanity access to an unlimited number of parallel Earths, all devoid of human life. The further one travels, the stranger the variant worlds become. Joshua Valiente, one of a rare breed who can Step without external help, is hired by the transEarth Institute to travel by airship across the Long Earth, exploring as far as possible. Accompanied by Lobsang, a Tibetan reincarnated as an artificial intelligence, he journeys across millions of Earths, discovering just what sort of bizarre secrets lurk in the farthest reaches. The slow-burning plot plays second fiddle to the fascinating premise, and the authors seem to have more fun developing backstory and concepts than any real tension. An abrupt conclusion comes as an unwelcome end to this tale of exploration. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Stay tuned for the next episode of a very old-fashioned sf quest yarn (think Jules Verne and 2001) that, since Pratchett is involved, is crammed with scientifically informed amusement." Booklist

Review:

"In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore...fascinating premise." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The Long Earth is a brilliant Science Fiction collaboration with Stephen Baxter: a love letter to all Pratchett fans, readers, and lovers of wonder everywhere....This novel is a gift to be shared with anyone who loves to be amazed." Io9

Review:

"The writing is elegant and witty....The worlds of the Long Earth are all richly rendered, and even the walk-on characters are deftly imagined...and the potential seems endless not just for the characters, but for Pratchett and Baxter as well." Tor.com

Synopsis:

An unmissable milestone for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett: the first SF novel in over three decades in which the visionary inventor of Discworld has created a new universe of tantalizing possibilities — a series of parallel "Earths"; with doorways leading to adventure, intrigue, excitement, and an escape into the furthest reaches of the imagination. The Long Earth, written with award-winning novelist Stephen Baxter, author of Stone Spring, Ark, and Floodwill, captivate science fiction fans of all stripes, readers of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen, and anyone who enjoyed the Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration Good Omens. The Long Earth is an adventure of the highest order — and an unforgettable read.

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide and have been translated into nearly forty languages. In 2009 Queen Elizabeth II knighted Pratchett in recognition of his "services to literature." Sir Terry lives in England.

Stephen Baxter is an acclaimed, multiple-award-winning author whose many books include the Xeelee sequence, the Time Odyssey trilogy (written with Arthur C. Clarke), and The Time Ship, a sequel to H. G. Wells's classic The Time Machine. He lives in England.

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Shannon Reel, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by Shannon Reel)
Touching and thoughtful, wonderful implementation of the multiverse theory. Obviously set up to become a series, but I don't mind at all!
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Kelly L, August 2, 2012 (view all comments by Kelly L)
This is the book you've been waiting for: that perfect blend of science, humanity, and fun. Pratchett and Baxter deliver an imaginative and action-packed story about Stepping past the bounds of this earth into another one, and another one, and another. But where will the earths end? And are humans the only ones who are Stepping? Read to find out.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062067753
Author:
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Baxter, Stephen
Author:
Pratchett, Terry
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Long Earth
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 22.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore. A revolutionary process known as Stepping has allowed humanity access to an unlimited number of parallel Earths, all devoid of human life. The further one travels, the stranger the variant worlds become. Joshua Valiente, one of a rare breed who can Step without external help, is hired by the transEarth Institute to travel by airship across the Long Earth, exploring as far as possible. Accompanied by Lobsang, a Tibetan reincarnated as an artificial intelligence, he journeys across millions of Earths, discovering just what sort of bizarre secrets lurk in the farthest reaches. The slow-burning plot plays second fiddle to the fascinating premise, and the authors seem to have more fun developing backstory and concepts than any real tension. An abrupt conclusion comes as an unwelcome end to this tale of exploration. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Stay tuned for the next episode of a very old-fashioned sf quest yarn (think Jules Verne and 2001) that, since Pratchett is involved, is crammed with scientifically informed amusement."
"Review" by , "In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore...fascinating premise."
"Review" by , "The Long Earth is a brilliant Science Fiction collaboration with Stephen Baxter: a love letter to all Pratchett fans, readers, and lovers of wonder everywhere....This novel is a gift to be shared with anyone who loves to be amazed."
"Review" by , "The writing is elegant and witty....The worlds of the Long Earth are all richly rendered, and even the walk-on characters are deftly imagined...and the potential seems endless not just for the characters, but for Pratchett and Baxter as well."
"Synopsis" by , An unmissable milestone for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett: the first SF novel in over three decades in which the visionary inventor of Discworld has created a new universe of tantalizing possibilities — a series of parallel "Earths"; with doorways leading to adventure, intrigue, excitement, and an escape into the furthest reaches of the imagination. The Long Earth, written with award-winning novelist Stephen Baxter, author of Stone Spring, Ark, and Floodwill, captivate science fiction fans of all stripes, readers of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen, and anyone who enjoyed the Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration Good Omens. The Long Earth is an adventure of the highest order — and an unforgettable read.
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