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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 great technological know-how fiction collaboration . . . a love letter to all Pratchett lovers, readers, and fans of ask yourself all over” (Io9).

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

Lobsang, now an aged and intricate AI, suffers a breakdown, and disguised as a human makes an attempt to reside 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 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 someway turn into “entangled” with one of many lengthy Earth worlds and, as Lobsang and Joshua research, its voracious denizens intend to seize, overcome, and colonize the recent universe—the lengthy Earth—they have inadvertently discovered.

World-building, the intersection of universes, the coexistence of various species, and the cosmic which means of the lengthy Earth itself are one of the mind-expanding subject matters explored during this interesting new installment of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's outstanding lengthy Earth series.

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