Stephen Baxter. Earth III. (Asimovs June 2010)

In Asimovs in July 2009 Baxter provided us with Earth II (review) which followed on from the Flood/Ark novels. Here he takes the story another step forward, in his own inimitable style, with characters from previous stories being figures of mythology. But it feels a bit of a rehash of the earlier story, with another long trek being detailed, enabling the flora and fauna of the new Earth to be described. The early part of the story infodumps by having characters discussing the nature of their beliefs, and the backstory, which is rather too obviously. Ideally Baxter would have made this, and the previous story, full length novels, but clearly the guy has only one set of hands and is keen to get the ideas down on paper, even if needs must they must be at a compressed length. And, personally, ideally I’d have re-read Earth II before reading this, but that wasn’t going to happen. Perhaps, editorially, stories like this should be treated as a serial, and a half page given over to a quick recap of the previous story for those either unable/unwilling to reread the earlier story, or whose grey matter isn’t up to remembering the details of the earlier story.

2 Responses to Stephen Baxter. Earth III. (Asimovs June 2010)

  1. Kurt Kramer July 6, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    Hi to whom it concerns,

    How can I get a copy of the July 2009 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction. I very much enjoyed Baxter’s books “The Flood” and “Ark”.


  2. Mark Watson July 6, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    You could email their editorial people to see if they have copies; or the subscripton people at the publisher for back copies – ; otherwise you will have to look on ebay. And the story also appears to be in this anthology which would be a good buy for a Baxter fan :

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