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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 awesome technological know-how fiction collaboration . . . a love letter to all Pratchett enthusiasts, readers, and fanatics of ask yourself all over the place” (Io9).

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

Lobsang, now an aged and complicated AI, suffers a breakdown, and disguised as a human makes an attempt to dwell a “normal” lifestyles on one of many thousands of lengthy Earth worlds. His previous good friend, Joshua, now in his fifties, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown kinfolk historical past. And the super-intelligent post-humans often called “the subsequent” proceed to conform to existence between “lesser” humans.

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

World-building, the intersection of universes, the coexistence of various 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 notable lengthy Earth series.

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