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By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter

The fourth novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s the world over bestselling “Long Earth” sequence, hailed as “a fantastic technology fiction collaboration . . . a love letter to all Pratchett enthusiasts, readers, and enthusiasts of ask yourself all over the place” (Io9).

2045-2059. Human society maintains to adapt on Datum Earth, its battered and weary beginning planet, because the unfold of humanity progresses during the many Earths beyond.

Lobsang, now an aged and intricate AI, suffers a breakdown, and disguised as a human makes an attempt to stay a “normal” existence on one of many hundreds of thousands of lengthy Earth worlds. His previous buddy, Joshua, now in his fifties, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown kinfolk background. And the super-intelligent post-humans often called “the subsequent” proceed to evolve to existence between “lesser” humans.

But an alarming new problem looms. An alien planet has one way or the other develop into “entangled” with one of many lengthy Earth worlds and, as Lobsang and Joshua study, its voracious denizens intend to trap, triumph over, and colonize the recent universe—the lengthy Earth—they have inadvertently discovered.

World-building, the intersection of universes, the coexistence of numerous species, and the cosmic that means of the lengthy Earth itself are one of the mind-expanding issues explored during this interesting new installment of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's striking lengthy Earth series.

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