Stephen Baxter

  • Année 3685. L'humanité a essaimé à travers le Système solaire et un nouvel âge d'or s'offre à elle. Une renaissance qui doit beaucoup à un homme, Michael Poole, ingénieur brillant dont les inventions ont joué un rôle crucial dans l'expansion humaine. Mais Poole voit plus grand. Plus loin. Or pour cela il lui faut des ressources à la mesure de sa démesure - une manne qu'il pourrait bien dénicher sur Titan, l'un des derniers lieux encore inexplorés du Système. Quitte à s'aventurer dans les entrailles glacées du satellite de Saturne... et y découvrir l'impensable.

  • La machine à explorer le temps est le texte fondateur de la science-fiction moderne. Lorsque s'achève le récit de H. G. Wells, le Voyageur se prépare à repartir dans le futur sauver Weena, la charmante Eloï, menacée par les cruels Morlocks...
    Par une chance extraordinaire, la narration de ce second voyage est parvenue à Stephen Baxter, un siècle exactement après la parution, en 1895, de
    La machine à explorer le temps.
    En voici la fidèle et surprenante transcription.
    Il n'est pas nécessaire pour le goûter d'avoir lu le récit du premier voyage.
    Reparti dans un lointain avenir, le Voyageur surpris découvre un monde différent de celui qu'il avait exploré, où les Morlocks disposent d'une civilisation technologique avancée et ne ressemblent plus aux barbares qu'il a connus.
    Flanqué du Morlock Nebogipfel, il s'aventurera sur les Vaisseaux du temps jusqu'aux confins du temps et de l'espace, des univers parallèles et des possibles.
    Sans jamais perdre l'espoir de retrouver la délicieuse Weena.
    Les vaisseaux du temps, dans la tradition de la plus haute science-fiction britannique, celle de Wells, de Stapledon, de Brunner, de Ballard, d'Aldiss et de Banks, est à la fois un roman d'aventures et un conte philosophique. C'est sans doute l'un des plus grands textes de science-fiction de la décennie. Il a obtenu le British Science-Fiction Award 1996, le John Campbell Memorial Award 1996 et le Philip K. Dick Award 1997, et il a figuré parmi les cinq finalistes du prix Hugo en 1996.

  • Voyage au coeur d'une étoile à neutrons...Imaginez une humanité microscopique, une humanité conçue pour vivre dans l'environnement le plus hostile qui soit - le manteau superfluide d'une étoile à neutrons, résidu massif d'une supernova... Imaginez le souvenir des créateurs de cette micro-humanité perpétué de génération en génération depuis des siècles... Imaginez enfin la plus incroyable réunion de famille de l'histoire, une réunion sur fond de guerre stellaire séculaire contre les Xeelees et leurs noircroiseurs briseurs d'étoile, une réunion qui pourrait bien décider du futur d'un univers tout entier...


  • « C'est à l'inauguration de la Nouvelle Grande Exposition, le 18 juillet 1870, que je fis la connaissance de Josiah Traveller en personne, même si j'avais entendu pendant mon enfance les histoires que racontait mon frère Hedley sur les diableries perpétrées par l'anti-glace de ce célèbre ingénieur au cours de la campagne de Crimée. Ce premier contact, fort bref, pâlit face aux splendeurs de la Crystal Cathedral et de son contenu - sans parler du beau visage d'une certaine Françoise Michelet -, mais l'enchaînement déclenché par cette rencontre de hasard allait m'entraîner, maillon après maillon, dans une stupéfiante aventure qui me propulserait au-delà de notre stratosphère et me plongerait enfin, à Orléans, dans les tréfonds d'un enfer élaboré par l'homme... »

    L'anti-glace est une matière au potentiel hautement énergétique. Inerte à basse température, elle atteint son rendement optimal sous l'effet de la chaleur. Depuis sa découverte par une expédition anglaise dans les neiges du pôle Sud, elle a donné à la Couronne britannique le leadership mondial en cette seconde moitié du XIXe siècle. Un leadership qui ne fait qu'exacerber les tensions entre le Royaume-Uni, la France et la Prusse...
    Jeune diplomate en mal d'aventures, Ned Vicars est à Ostende dans le but de contempler l'avènement d'une de ces merveilles scientifiques qu'autorise l'anti-glace. Mais il se retrouve bientôt bloqué, lui et une poignée d'autres infortunés, à bord du Phaeton, engin prodigieux qui quitte l'atmosphère terrestre en direction de la Lune. L'équipée fantastique commence...

    Chef de file de la science-fiction britannique, traduit dans une quinzaine de langues, Stephen Baxter signe avec Anti-glace une aventure steampunk débridée, mais aussi un hommage fervent à deux chefs-d'oeuvre du genre : Les Premiers hommes dans la Lune d'H. G. Wells, et De la Terre à la Lune de Jules Verne.

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    Inspiré par la nouvelle Face-à-face avec Méduse de Sir Arthur C. Clarke, lauréate des prix Hugo et Nebula, ce roman raconte la rivalité croissante entre hommes et machines, à travers les siècles et les étendues du système solaire, vers un avenir imprévisible.

    2080 : Le commandant Howard Falcon, pilote de dirigeable, devient infirme après le crash de son appareil. Une procédure de chirurgie expérimentale va le transformer en cyborg, doté de pouvoirs surhumains mais isolé du reste de l'humanité...
    2090 : Falcon mène une mission en solo dans les nuages de Jupiter, où aucun humain naturel ne pourrait s'aventurer...
    2130 : Adam, un prototype d'intelligence artificielle employé dans une exploitation minière de glace aux confins du système solaire, doit faire face à la destruction de ses congénères, et expérimente le réveil des émotions...
    Au fil des siècles, Howard Falcon, ni homme ni machine, mais singulièrement solitaire, devra prévenir un conflit interplanétaire effroyable.
    Captivant dès son début, ce roman est un classique moderne qui enchantera les lecteurs ayant aimé les films 2001, l'odyssée de l'espace, Gravity ou Seul sur Mars.
    « Un aperçu frappant et dramatique d'un avenir dans l'espace qui n'est jamais arrivé. Clarke approuverait très certainement. » SFX
    « Un vrai bonheur à lire. Encore un exploit de la part de Baxter et de Reynolds à ajouter à leur longue liste. » SciFiNow
    « Avec ces deux géants de la SF, l'imagination débordante et une prose aussi tranchante qu'un laser sont garanties. Ils livrent ensemble un très beau récit, une merveille à explorer. » The Sun
    « Ce roman met en avant les qualités des deux auteurs : leur compréhension profonde des principes scientifiques et leur capacité à les intégrer à une narration rythmée et passionnante. » The Guardian
    « En toute honnêteté, je ne m'attendais pas à ce que Les Chroniques de Méduse soient plus qu'un joli hommage à Arthur C. Clarke, mais Baxter et Reynolds sont allés beaucoup plus loin en créant une histoire d'envergure, truffée de science et de spéculation, de quelques scènes inoubliables et de pas mal de moments d'émotion. » Tor.com

  • Orbite solaire, fin du quatrième millénaire. Lieserl est âgée de quelques semaines, et pourtant son corps est celui d'une vieillarde. était, en fait. Car Lieserl est une intelligence artificielle, et elle vient de quitter son enveloppe physique pour être « uploadée » au sein du Soleil par l'entremise d'une Interface, rien moins qu'un trou de ver... Et alors qu'elle vole littéralement dans les flux de convection, transmettant ses observations à la station Toth, émerveillée par un paysage à nul autre pareil, elle découvre l'impensable : le Soleil se meurt.À moins qu'il soit plus juste de dire que quelque chose le tue. Quelque chose ou quelqu'un... Mais qui ? Et dans quel but ? L'humanité vient de se découvrir le plus terrible des ennemis, une puissance capable de moucher le coeur d'une étoile comme une simple bougie, un pouvoir à même de provoquer l'apocalypse à l'échelle de l'univers...

  • Anglais Time

    Stephen Baxter


    2010. More than a century of ecological damage, industrial and technological expansion, and unchecked population growth has left the Earth on the brink of devastation.


  • 2025. Tied in to Baxter's masterful Manifold trilogy, these thematically linked stories are drawn from the vast graph of possibilities across which the lives of hero Reid Malenfant have been scattered.
    Reid Malenfant is the commander of a NASA earth-orbiting science platform. The platform is intended to probe the planets of the nearest star system by bouncing laser pulses off them. But no echoes are returned ... and Reid's reality begins to crumble around him. Huddling with his family, awaiting the end - or an unknown new beginning - Reid tells stories of other possibilities, other realities.
    The linked stories encompass the myriad possibilities that might govern our relationship with the universe: are we truly alone, or will we eventually meet other lifeforms? The final possibility - that the Universe as we know it is in fact an elaborate illusion designed to protect us from the fearful reality - is brilliantly explored in the tour de force novella that ends the volume.


  • Stories set in a variety of futures from the award-winning heir of Arthur C. Clarke: Traces gives a kaleidoscopic vision of the possibilities for humankind.
    There are vision of histories which differ from our own, either through small changes - what if Germany had won WWI ('Mittelwelt') - or through a fundamental difference in physical laws - what if Archimedes had been right in his clockwork-like cosmological vision ('No Longer Touch the Earth').
    There are visions of futures in which people struggle to survive in a variety of bizarre environments ('Downstream', 'The Blood of Angels'), or, weakened and powerless, inhabit the end of worlds ('Inherit the Earth', 'George and the Comet').
    There are explorations of astonishing events of our own lifetimes, in particular the grand expansion into space ('Zemlya', 'Moon Six', 'Pilgrim 7').
    These visions give an impression of the contingency of our everyday here-and-now, surrounded as it is by an infinite array of possible pasts, presents, and futures.


  • What if John F. Kennedy survived?
    President Nixon, with the help of former president JFK, has just green-lit NASA's first manned expedition to Mars.
    Aboard, Natalie York, a geologist who risks everything she loves for the chance to go to space; Phil Stone, former X-15 test pilot; and Ralph Gershon, a Vietnam War hero intent on being the first African American to reach another planet.
    Exploring mankind's presence in the extra-terrestrial expanse, VOYAGE chronicles the incredible story of what could have been.

  • Anglais Space

    Stephen Baxter


    2020. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, Reid Malenfant ventures to the far edge of the solar system, where he discovers a strange artifact left behind by an alien civilization: A gateway that functions as a kind of quantum transporter, allowing virtually instantaneous travel over the vast distances of interstellar space.

  • Stephen Baxter possesses one of the most brilliant minds in modern science fiction. His vivid storytelling skills have earned him comparison to the giants of the past: Clarke, Asimov, Stapledon. Like his great predecessors, Baxter thinks on a cosmic scale, spinning cutting-edge scientific speculation into pure, page-turning gold. Now Baxter is back with a breathtaking adventure that begins during the catastrophic collapse of Roman Britain and stretches forward into an unimaginably distant, war-torn future, where the fate of humanity lies waiting at the center of the galaxy. . . .
    Destiny's Children
    COALESCENT
    George Poole isn't sure whether his life has reached a turning point or a dead end. At forty-five, he is divorced and childless, with a career that is going nowhere fast. Then, when his father dies suddenly, George stumbles onto a family secret: a sister he never knew existed. A twin named Rosa, raised in Rome by an enigmatic cult. Hoping to find the answers to the missing pieces of his life, George sets out for the ancient city.
    Once in Rome, he learns from Rosa the enthralling story of their distant ancestor, Regina, an iron-willed genius determined to preserve her family as the empire disintegrates around her. It was Regina who founded the cult, which has mysteriously survived and prospered below the streets of Rome for almost two millennia. The Order, says Rosa, is her real family- and, even if he doesn't realize it yet, it is George's family, too. When she takes him into the vast underground city that is the Order's secret home, he feels a strong sense of belonging, yet there is something oddly disturbing about the women he meets. They are all so young and so very much alike.
    Now, joined by his boyhood friend Peter McLachlan, who arrives in Rome with a dark secret of his own, George uncovers evidence suggesting that the women of the Order have embarked on a divergent evolutionary path. But they are not just a new kind of human. They are a better kind, genetically superior, equipped with all the tools necessary to render homo sapiens as extinct as the Neanderthals. And, chillingly, George and Peter soon have reason to fear that this colony is preparing to leave its overcrowded underground nest. . . .

  • It's the job of a science fiction writer to visualize extrapolations of the future. But there are those who go far beyond, venturing into realms of breathtaking science. That kind of cutting edge talent is as rare as a supernova--and, in its own way, just as powerful. Arthur C. Clarke had it. So did William Gibson. Now, with Evolution, Stephen Baxter delivers what is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year--and shows once again why he belongs among the select company of science fiction writers who matter.
    Stretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial Earth to the stars, Evolution is a soaring symphony of struggle, extinction, and survival, a dazzling epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand drama of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous beauty.
    Sixty-five million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, lived a small mammal, a proto-primate of the species Purgatorius. From this humble beginning, Baxter traces the human lineage forward through time. The adventure that unfolds is a gripping odyssey governed by chance and competition, a perilous journey to an uncertain destination along a route beset by sudden and catastrophic upheavals. It is a route that ends, for most species, in stagnation or extinction. Why should humanity escape this fate?
    A generation from today, a group of concerned scientists--distant descendants of that primitive Purgatorius--gathers on a remote island to discuss this very question. The ceaseless expansion of human civilization has triggered an urgent environmental crisis that must be solved now if the Earth is to survive as a place hospitable to human life. But just when a peaceful solution seems within reach, two acts of shocking violence set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events that will expose the limitations of human intellect and adaptability in the face of the blind and implacable processes of Darwin's dangerous idea.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • When it comes to cutting-edge science fiction, Stephen Baxter is in a league of his own. His mastery of hard science, his fearlessly speculative imagination, and his ability to combine grand philosophical questions with tales of rousing adventure make him essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of humankind. Now, in Exultant, Baxter takes us to a distant future of dazzling promise and deadly threat, in which a far-flung humanity battles for survival against an implacable alien foe.
    Destiny's Children
    EXULTANT
    For more than twenty thousand years, humans have been at war with the alien race of Xeelee. It is a war fought with armaments so advanced as to be godlike, a war in which time itself has become an ever-shifting battleground. At the cost of billions of lives, and with ruthless and relentless efficiency, the ruling Coalition has pushed the Xeelee back to the galactic core, where the supermassive black hole known as Chandra serves the Xeelee as both fortress and power source.
    There, along a front millions of light-years long, a grisly stalemate reigns,
    until a young pilot, Pirius, faced with certain death, disobeys orders and employs an innovative time-travel maneuver that, for the first time in the history of the war, results in the capture of a Xeelee fighter. But far from being hailed as a hero when he returns to base with his prize, Pirius is court-martialed, disgraced, and sentenced to penal servitude on a bleak asteroid.
    It is not only Pirius who pays the price. In flying into the future and back again, Pirius returned to a time before he'd left, a time inhabited by his younger self. And that younger self, by the pitiless logic of Coalition justice, shares the older Pirius guilt and must be punished. Not everyone in the Coalition agrees. Commissary Nilis believes that the elder Pirius, whom he dubs Pirius Blue, may have found a way to defeat the Xeelee. But Nilis can do nothing for Pirius Blue. Instead, he takes charge of the younger Pirius (Pirius Red), and brings him back to Earth, the capital of a vast empire seething with intrigue.
    There Pirius Red will discover truths that will shatter his preconceived notions of all that he is fighting for, even of what it means to be human. Pirius Blue, meanwhile, will learn truths harsher and more discomfiting still. Yet the most shocking revelation of all is still to come, waiting for them at a place called Chandra. . . .
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Stephen Baxter's gripping page-turners are feats of bold speculation and big ideas that, for all their time-and-space-spanning grandeur, remain firmly rooted in scientific fact and cutting-edge theory. Now Baxter is back with the final volume in his monumental Destiny's Children trilogy, a tour de force in which parallel stories unfold-and then meet as humanity stands poised on the brink of divine providence . . . or extinction.
    DESTINY'S CHILDREN
    TRANSCENDENT
    It is the year 2047, and nuclear engineer Michael Poole is still in the throes of grief. His beloved wife, Morag, died seventeen years ago, along with their second child. Yet Michael is haunted by more than just the memory of Morag. On a beach in Miami, he sees his dead wife. But she vanishes as suddenly as she appears, leaving no clue as to her mysterious purpose.
    Alia was born on a starship, fifteen thousand light years from Earth, five hundred thousand years after the death of Michael Poole. Yet she knows him intimately. In this distant future, when humanity has diversified as a species and spread across the galaxy, every person is entrusted with the duty of Witnessing the life of one man, woman, or child from the past, recovered by means of a technology able to traverse time itself. Alia's subject is Michael Poole.
    When his surviving, estranged son is injured, Michael tries to reconnect with him-and to stave off a looming catastrophe. Vast reservoirs of toxic gases lie buried beneath the poles, trapped in crystals of ice. Now that ice is melting. Once it goes, the poisons released will threaten all life on Earth. A bold solution is within reach, if only Michael can convince a doubting world. Yet as Morag's ghostly visitations continue, Michael begins to doubt his own sanity.
    In the future, Alia is chosen to become a Transcendent, an undying member of the group mind that is shepherding humanity toward an evolutionary apotheosis. The Witnessings are an integral part of their design, for only by redeeming the pain of every human who has lived and died can true Transcendence be achieved. Yet Alia discovers a dark side to the Transcendents' plans, a vein of madness that may lead to an unthinkable renunciation.
    Somehow, Michael Poole holds the fate of the future in his hands. Now, to save that future, Alia must undertake a desperate journey into the past. . . .
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • The year is 2010. More than a century of ecological damage, industrial and technological expansion, and unchecked population growth has left the Earth on the brink of devastation. As the world's governments turn inward, one man dares to envision a bolder, brighter future. That man, Reid Malenfant, has a very different solution to the problems plaguing the planet: the exploration and colonization of space. Now Malenfant gambles the very existence of time on a single desperate throw of the dice. Battling national sabotage and international outcry, as apocalyptic riots sweep the globe, he builds a spacecraft and launches it into deep space. The odds are a trillion to one against him. Or are they?

  • The year is 2020. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, Reid Malenfant ventures to the far edge of the solar system, where he discovers a strange artifact left behind by an alien civilization: A gateway that functions as a kind of quantum transporter, allowing virtually instantaneous travel over the vast distances of interstellar space. What lies on the other side of the gateway? Malenfant decides to find out. Yet he will soon be faced with an impossible choice that will push him beyond terror, beyond sanity, beyond humanity itself. Meanwhile on Earth the Japanese scientist Nemoto fears her worst nightmares are coming true. Startling discoveries reveal that the Moon, Venus, even Mars once thrived with life-life that was snuffed out not just once but many times, in cycles of birth and destruction. And the next chilling cycle is set to begin again . . .

  • The Wheel. A ring of ice and steel around a moon of Saturn, and home to a mining colony supplying Earth. It's a bad place to grow up.
    The colony has been plagued by problems and there are stories of mysterious creatures glimpsed aboard the Wheel. Many of the younger workers refuse to go down the warren-like mines anymore. And then young Phee Laws, surfing Saturn's rings, saves an enigmatic blue box from destruction.Aboard the Wheel, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find themselves caught in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system. A mystery that could kill them all.

  • Stephen Baxter's Manifold novels have struck the world of science fiction like a meteor. Heralded by Arthur Clark as "a major new talent," Baxter stands time and space on their collective heads, envisions the future reflected in the past, and the past in the galaxy's most distant reaches and unformed speculations. Claiming the legacy of Heinlein and Asimov, Baxter now returns with his third Manifold novel-in which he uses an astounding adventure story to posit a breathtaking vision of the origin of species . . . on earth and beyond.
    In the year 2015 a red moon appears in the Earth's orbit: brooding, multitextured, beautiful, and alive. Catastrophe follows. While coastlands flood by the new gravitational forces, millions of people die. Scientists scramble desperately to understand what is on the big red moon and how it got there. And NASA astronaut Reid Malenfant, and his wife Emma, are hurtling through the African sky in a training jet, when everything changes forever.
    For Malenfant and Emma, a reckless flight in a T-38 above the sun-baked continent sends them colliding with a great wheel in the sky. Now Emma has awakened in a strange, Earthlike world, among physically powerful, primitive creatures who share humankind's features and desires but lack the human mind. And Reid Malenfant is back in Texas, reliving the plane crash, looking up at the red moon, and knowing in his heart that Emma is there.
    Emma is there, beginning a journey of survival that is both horrific and fascinating, utterly familiar and totally beyond comprehension. Malenfant, teamed with a Japanese scientist named Nemoto, will get his chance to rescue his wife. But neither can foresee the extraordinary adventures that await them. Neither can imagine the small and immense evolutionary secrets cloaked in the atmosphere of the red moon, or guess at how a vast, living, tightly woven cosmos has shaped our planet as we know it-and how it will shape it again.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais Titan

    Stephen Baxter


    Signs of life have been found on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
    A group of visionaries led by NASA's Paula Benacerraf plan a daring one-way mission that will cost them everything. Taking nearly a decade, the billion-mile voyage includes a 'slingshot' transit of Venus, a catastrophic solar storm, and a constant struggle to keep the ship and crew functioning.
    But it is on the icy surface of Titan itself that the true adventure begins. In the orange methane slush the astronauts will discover the secrets of life's origins and reach for a human destiny beyond their wildest dreams.


  • The highly-acclaimed sequel to H G Wells's THE TIME MACHINE, from the heir to Arthur C. Clarke.

  • Hailed as one of the most inventive writers that science fiction has ever produced" (SF Site), Stephen Baxter builds on the massive success of Proxima with a career-defining novel of big ideas....On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discoveredhatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences....As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light. We all have countless pasts converging in this presentand our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us....Its time to fight back and take control.

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