Description: Rich with the hardcore sci-fi that has brought Baxter comparisons with Arthur C. Clarke, Phase Space is a collection of stories told by Reid Malenfant, hero of the Manifold trilogy.....
It’s the end of the world as we know it . . .
Rich with the hardcore sci-fi that has brought Baxter comparisons with Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, Phase Space is a collection of thematically linked stories told by Reid Malenfant, hero of the Manifold trilogy.
In the year 2025, NASA commander Malenfant is in charge of an Earth-orbiting probe beaming laser signals to a neighbouring star system. Echoes should be bounced off the system’s planets, but when none are received Malenfant discovers that reality is beginning to collapse. As he awaits either a final end or a new beginning, Malenfant tells his family of the various possibilities regarding man’s relationship with the universe. Are we truly alone in the cosmos, or do other intelligent life forms merely see little purpose in voyaging to the stars? Do expansionist races inevitably cause their own destruction? Or is the universe merely an elaborate illusion concealing a terrible reality?