Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter at 63rd World Science Fiction Convention.
Born:13 November 1957 (1957--) (age 51)
Liverpool, England
Occupation:Writer
Nationality:British
Genres:Hard SF
Debut works:Raft (1991)
Influences:H. G. Wells
Arthur C. Clarke
Website:www.stephen-baxter.com


Stephen Baxter (born in Liverpool, 13 November, 1957) is a British hard science fiction author. He has degrees in mathematics and engineering.

Writing style

Strongly influenced by SF pioneer H. G. Wells, Baxter has been a distinguished Vice-President of the international H. G. Wells Society since 2006 .

His fiction falls into three main categories, each with a very different style and tone.

His Xeelee Sequence stories are set in the far future, where humans are rising to become the second most powerful race in the universe, next to the god-like Xeelee. Character development in these stories takes second place to the depiction of advanced theories and ideas, such as the true nature of the Great Attractor, naked singularities and the great battle between Baryonic and Dark matter lifeforms. Examples of novels written in this style: Ring, Timelike Infinity.

His present-day Earth stories are much more human, with characters portrayed with greater depth and care. They typically indulge in "if only" whimsy or outright alternate history, dreaming about what humanity could achieve in the exploration of space. NASA features prominently, and a great deal of research has obviously been done into its internal structuring and methods.

However, these novels have a much darker tone than any of his other stories and do not often portray much hope for humanity as a moral species. Examples of novels written in this style include Voyage (winner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History), Titan, and Moonseed.

Each novel of the Manifold trilogy is focused on a potential explanation of the Fermi paradox.

His "Evolution" stories are a later development and show an increasing interest in the evolution of humanity. These seem to have their origins in stories of his other writing styles, such as Mammoth and Manifold: Origin. The novel Evolution is an example of this style.

Baxter also covers numerous other styles: his Mammoth stories, ostensibly for children, are often of great delight to adults, while The Time Ships (an authorised sequel to The Time Machine) is generally taken to be one of his greatest novels. It won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the BSFA Award, and was nominated for other major science fiction awards.

In February 2007, Baxter was announced as the author of what was to be the 100th story for Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who audio series. Earthstorm was originally scheduled to be released in late September 2007, but has been delayed indefinitely, according to a May 2007 announcement on the company's website.

Baxter has also written non-fiction essays and columns for such publications as Critical Wave and the British SF Association's Matrix.

Literary awards

Award Name Year For book Short stories printed in
BSFA Award SF Novel1995The Time Ships 
Sidewise Award for Best Short Form Alternate History1995Brigantia's AngelsTraces
John W. Campbell Award1996The Time Ships 
Philip K. Dick Award1996The Time Ships 
Sidewise Award for Best Long Form Alternate History1996Voyage 
British Science Fiction Award Short Fiction1997War BirdsPhase Space
SF Chronicle Award Best Novelette1998Moon SixTraces
Analog Award Best Short Story1998Moon-CalfPhase Space
Philip K. Dick Award1999Vacuum Diagrams 
Analog Award Best Short Story2000Sheena 5Phase Space
Locus Poll Award Best Novelette2000HuddlePhase Space
Asimov's Readers' Poll Novelette2001On the Orion LineResplendent
British Science Fiction Award Non-Fiction2001Omegatropic 
Analog Award Best Short Story2002The Hunters of PangaeaEvolution & The Hunters of Pangaea
British Science Fiction Award Short Fiction2004Mayflower IIResplendent

Bibliography

All ISBNs are for the first edition.

Xeelee Sequence

Title Year ISBN Notes
Raft1991ISBN 0-246-13706-1 
Timelike Infinity1992ISBN 0-00-224016-5 
Flux1993ISBN 0-00-224025-4 
Ring1993ISBN 0-00-224026-2 
Vacuum Diagrams1997ISBN 0-00-225425-5Short story collection.
Reality Dust2000ISBN 1-902880-11-0Novella (collected in Resplendent)
Riding the Rock2002ISBN 1-902880-59-5Novella (collected in Resplendent)

NASA Trilogy

Title Year ISBN Notes
Voyage1996ISBN 0-00-648037-3 
Titan1997ISBN 0-06-105713-4 
Moonseed1998ISBN 0-06-105903-X 

The Web Series

See The Web (Series)

Manifold Trilogy

Title Year ISBN Notes
1999ISBN 0-345-43076-X 
2001ISBN 0-345-43077-8 
2001ISBN 0-345-43079-4 
Phase Space2002ISBN 0-00-651185-6Short story collection.

The Mammoth Trilogy

Title Year ISBN Notes
Silverhair1999ISBN 0-06-105132-2 
Longtusk1999ISBN 0-380-81898-1 
Icebones2001ISBN 0-380-81899-X 
Behemoth2004ISBN 0-575-07604-6Omnibus of the Mammoth trilogy

Destiny's Children

Title Year ISBN Notes
Coalescent2003ISBN 0-345-45786-2 
Exultant2004ISBN 0-345-45788-9 
Transcendent2005ISBN 0-345-45792-7 
Resplendent2006ISBN 0-575-07896-0Short story collection.

A Time Odyssey (Co-authored with Arthur C. Clarke)

Title Year ISBN Notes
Time's Eye2003ISBN 0-345-45248-8 
Sunstorm2005ISBN 0-345-45250-X 
Firstborn2007ISBN 

Time's Tapestry series

Title Year ISBN Notes
Emperor2006ISBN 0-575-07432-9 
Conqueror2007ISBN 0-575-07673-9 
Navigator2007ISBN 
Weaver2008ISBN 

Un-named disaster series

Title Year ISBN Notes
FloodPlanned for 2008ISBN 
ArkPlanned for 2009ISBN 

Unrelated novels

Title Year ISBN Notes
Anti-Ice1993ISBN 0-06-105421-6Alternate History
The Time Ships1995ISBN 0-06-105648-0Alternate History. An authorised sequel to H. G. Wells's The Time Machine
The Light of Other Days2000ISBN 0-312-87199-6Co-authored with Arthur C. Clarke.
Evolution2003ISBN 0-345-45783-8 
The H-Bomb GirlPlanned for 2007ISBNYoung adult

Unrelated collections

Title Year ISBN Notes
Traces1998ISBN 0-00-649814-0Short story collection.
The Hunters of Pangaea2004ISBN 1-886778-49-318 stories and five essays on science and science fiction.

Non-fiction

Title Year ISBN Notes
Deep Future2001ISBN 1-85798-844-2Mainly articles on science.
Omegatropic2001ISBN 0-95407-881-0Mainly science fiction criticism.
Revolutions in the Earth
Ages in Chaos
2003 (UK)
2004 (US)
ISBN 0-29782-975-0
ISBN 0-76531-238-7
James Hutton and the True Age of the World[1]
James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time

References

External links

Books by Stephen Baxter
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Xeelee Sequence: RaftTimelike InfinityFluxRingVacuum DiagramsReality DustRiding the Rock
Destiny's Children: CoalescentExultantTranscendentResplendent
Manifold Trilogy: – – – Phase Space
The Mammoth Trilogy: SilverhairLongtuskIcebones – Behemoth
A Time Odyssey: Time's EyeSunstormFirstborn
The Web Series: GulliverzoneWebcrash
Time's Tapestry: Emperor – Conqueror
NASA Trilogy: VoyageTitanMoonseed
Others: Anti-IceThe Time ShipsThe Light of Other DaysEvolution
Unrelated collections: Traces – The Hunters of Pangaea
Non-fiction: Deep Future – Omegatropic – Ages in Chaos


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Raft

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Series Xeelee Sequence
Genre(s) Hard science fiction
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Publication date 1991
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Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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Minehead, Somerset, England
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"God Save the Queen" [3]
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Herbert George Wells

Born: 21 September 1866(1866--)
Bromley, Kent, England
Died: 13 July 1946 (aged 81)
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The Xeelee Sequence is a series of novels and short stories by British science fiction author Stephen Baxter. The novels span several billons of years, describing the future expansion of Mankind, its war with its arch-nemesis (an alien race called the Xeelee), and the Xeelee's own
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Ring

Author Stephen Baxter
Country Great Britain
Language English
Series Xeelee Sequence
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publisher Voyager (UK)
Publication date 4 July 1993
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Timelike Infinity

Author Stephen Baxter
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Language English
Series Xeelee Sequence
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publisher Voyager (UK)
Publication date 7 December 1992
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