Stephen Baxter delivers an unforgettable novel of an extraordinary world and its untamed landscape.
In the very distant future, the galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and cold white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past, yet there is still life feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants. There is also Mind—a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence with thoughts that last a hundred thousand years. This mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light.
In the twenty-seventh century, Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun and the nearest to host a world, Proxima IV, which is habitable by humans. But Proxima IV is unlike the earth in many ways. Huddling close to the warmth of its sun, 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. Download and start listening now!