By Stephen Baxter

Rating: 4 stars

I really rather enjoyed this novella, set in a future where Humanity has colonised nearby star systems and formed an empire under which the colonies are now chaffing. The novella tells the story of the first interstellar war, not just over imperial might, but something that the Empress has that could threaten the whole of Humanity.

Although I don’t always get on that well with Baxter’s work, he can definitely tell a good story, and this slower-than-light interstellar war is a great example. There’s a lot of hard science in amongst the wormholes and quasi-sentient viruses and it’s a lot of fun to read.

I get the impression that this is set in a wider universe (certainly the Xeelee were mentioned in passing) and would possibly like to read more of it.

Book details

ISBN: 9781906301590
Publisher: PS Publishing
Year of publication: 2009

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