Coalescent

Coalescent

Book - 2003
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COALESCENT is the first of a trilogy of novels that does nothing less than tell the story of mankind's possible evolutions and our role in the Universe.

Coalescent charts a radical divergence in our evolution; the development of a human hive entity. It is a divergence that has its roots in the dying days of the Roman Empire. The story is told through twin narratives; one takes us through the falling apart of the Roman control of Britain as seen by one girl, the other covers a man's search for a lost sister. A sister who may be living as part of an ancient and secretive order in Rome.

Through these diverse personal stories Stephen Baxter charts a story that has terrifying consequences for what we thought was our place in the world, our perceived natural ascendency in the order of things.

Things are going to be very different now . . .

Publisher: London, England : Victor Gollancz : 2003
ISBN: 9780575074248
0575074248
Branch Call Number: ScF Baxt
Characteristics: 473p

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coastalkate
Sep 30, 2011

I liked the history, makes me want to look at the time frame more.

The main story and the science behind the hives - a little uncomfortable and disturbing. Definitely stretches the brain a little.

As with all of the author's books - a good read.

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smorton
Oct 31, 2010

A short story or novella of an idea is stretched into a novel. Much of the book is historical but reads like “look what I just researched” rather than immersing the reader in the past. Much of the book involves women protagonists and the author does not seem to be able to write women well. The stuff in the present with a male protagonist is well written and very credible. Baxter is known for his "hard" SF and probably should have stayed there.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

I like the two parallel stories and how they come together towards the end.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

jabey thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

Sexual Content: One of the main characters gets drunk and has sex with two men one night. In the hives there are "queens" which basically have sex and make babies.

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