Stephen Baxter

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Stephen Baxter at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention (2005)

Stephen Michael Baxter (* 13. November 1957 in Liverpool ) is an English science fiction - author , best known for his Xeelee cycle.


Baxter studied mathematics at Cambridge , holds a PhD in engineering from Southampton University and a degree in business administration from Henley Management College . For several years he taught mathematics, physics and computer science . Baxter is a member of the British Interplanetary Society and applied as an astronaut in 1991 to be a guest on the Russian Mir space station .

In 1987 the first short story of Baxter's Xeelee cycle appeared in SF magazine Interzone . Since then he has published over 40 books and over 100 short stories. He has been a freelance writer since 1995.

Baxter lives in Northumberland.


Baxter has won many prizes, including the Philip K. Dick Award , the John W. Campbell Memorial Award , the British Science Fiction Association Award , the German Kurd-Laßwitz Award, and the Seiun Award (Japan). In detail:

0000 Interzone Readers Poll for The Ant-Men of Tibet in the "Fiction" category
0000 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for The Time Ships
0000 Kurd-Laßwitz Prize for The Time Ships in the "Foreign SF Novel" category
0000 Seiun Award for Timelike Infinity as best novel
0000 Sidewise Award for the short story Brigantia's Angels
  • 1997 Interzone Readers Poll for The Spacetime Pit in the category "Fiction"
0000 Philip K. Dick Award for The Time Ships
0000Sidewise Award for the novel Voyage
  • 1998 British Science Fiction Association Award for War Birds in the "Short Fiction" category
0000Interzone Readers Poll for The Fubar Suit in the "Fiction" category
0000 Science Fiction Chronicle Readers Poll for Moon Six as best short novel
0000 Science Fiction Age Readers Poll for Moon Six as best short novel
0000Seiun Award for The Time Ships as best foreign language novel
0000Philip K. Dick Award for Vacuum Diagrams
0000 Premio Ignotus for ¡Pasajeros a bordo para el escatón! La ciencia ficción y el fin del Universo in the category "Mejor artículo" (best article)
  • 2001 Analog Award for Sheena 5 for Best Short Story
0000 Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine Readers' Award for On the Orion Line for Best Short Novel
  • 2002 British Science Fiction Association Award for Omegatropic as best non-fiction book
  • 2003 Analog Award for The Hunters of Pangea for Best Short Story
0000Locus Award for Evolution as the best science fiction novel
  • 2005 British Science Fiction Association Award for Mayflower II in the "Short Fiction" category
  • 2006 Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine Readers' Award for The Children of Time for Best Short Story
  • 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards for The Long Earth in the category "Science Fiction"


Baxter's style as a hard SF writer is considered unique. In each of his novels he asks a question and then derives answers from the current state of knowledge of physical laws and theories.

The Xeelee Universe

The Xeelee Sequence

His "Xeelee" cycle takes place in the distant future. Humans are developing into the second most powerful species in the universe alongside the god-like Xeelee (pronounced Sielie). The novels and short stories deal with aspects of modern physics, with singularities and the conflicts between baryonic and supersymmetric life. Especially in Flux you can find a literary description of life on a neutron star .

  • Vol. 1: Raft , 1991.
Volume 1: Das Floß , Heyne TB, 1994, ISBN 3-453-07777-6 .
What happens if people by chance land in a universe in which the gravitational constant is a billion times larger than in our universe and the human body already develops a noticeable mass attraction? This novel describes how people cope with these new conditions and build a new civilization.
  • Vol. 2: Timelike Infinity , 1992.
Volume 2: The Mesh of Infinity , Heyne, 1994, ISBN 3-453-07958-2 .
This novel describes how extraterrestrial invaders travel 1500 years into the past through man-made wormholes in order to suppress humanity there too, and how the protagonist defends himself against an invasion that actually takes place in the future, and thereby insights wins in a future he would rather never have seen.
  • Vol. 3: Flux , 1993.
Volume 3: Flux , Heyne, 1998, ISBN 3-453-13967-4 .
Can there be life on a neutron star on which gravity is billions of times stronger than on earth? Here, too, Stephen Baxter pursues unconventional ideas and describes a human civilization created by human hands and how the human spirit can assert itself in super-dense matter.
  • Vol. 4: Ring , 1994.
Volume 4: Ring , Heyne, 1996, ISBN 3-453-09458-1 .
(In Germany, volumes 3 + 4 were published in reversed order.)
What if life as we know it is only a temporary solution and the true aliens are so alien that there can never be even a single approach to communication? In the actual conclusion of the "Xeelee" cycle, the author touches on the old philosophical problem of intercommunicability between beings who are based on different horizons of experience (cf. Solaris by Stanisław Lem ), and what position a person takes when two godlike adversaries are at war. Above all, this novel raises the question of the framework in which human and universal events occur.
  • Vol. 5: Vacuum Diagrams , 1997 (short stories)
Volume 5: Vacuum diagrams , Heyne, 2001, ISBN 3-453-17983-8 .
Short stories that bring the plot of the previous novels together.
PROLOGUE ( prologue )
  • "Prologue: Eve", 1997 ('" Prologue: Eve "')
ERA: EXPANSION ( First Era: Expansion )
  • "The Sun-People" also: "The Sun Person", 1993 ('" Das Sonnenvolk "', also: '" Das Sonnenwesen "')
  • "The Logic Pool", 1994 ('" The Logic Pool "')
  • "Gossamer", 1995 ('" Cobwebs "')
  • "Cilia-of-Gold", 1994 ('" Goldwimper "')
  • "Lieserl", 1993 ('" Lieserl "')
ERA: SQUEEM OCCUPATION ( Second Era: The Rule of the Squeem )
  • "Pilot", 1993 ('" Pilot "')
  • "The Xeelee Flower", 1987 ('" The Xeelee Flower "')
  • "More Than Time or Distance", 1988 ('"More Than Time and Space "')
  • "The Switch", 1990 ('" The Switch "')
ERA: QAX OCCUPATION ( Third Era: The Rule of the Qax )
  • "Blue Shift", 1989 ( '' blue shift '')
  • "The Quagma Date", 1989 ('" The Quagma Date "')
  • "Planck Zero", 1992 ('" Planck Zero "')
ERA: ASSIMILATION ( Fourth Era: Assimilation )
  • "The Gödel Sunflowers", 1992 ('" Die Gödel'schen Sonnenblumen "')
  • "Vacuum Diagrams", 1990 ('" Vacuum diagrams "')
ERA: THE WAR TO END WARS ( Fifth Era: The Last of All Wars )
  • "Stowaway" in 1991 ( '' Stowaway '')
  • "The Tyranny of Heaven", 1990 ('" The Tyranny of Heaven "')
  • "Hero", 1995 ('" Held "')
ERA: FLIGHT ( Sixth Era: The Escape )
  • "Secret History", 1991 ('" Secret History "')
ERA: PHOTINO VICTORY ( Seventh Era: The Photino Victory )
  • "Shell", 1987 ('" Shell "')
  • "The Eighth Room", 1989 ('" The Eighth Chamber "')
  • "The Baryonic Lords", 1991 ('" The Baryonic Lords "')
EPILOGUE (German epilogue )
  • "Epilogue: Eve", 1997 ('" Epilog: Eve "')
  • More short stories:
  • "Return to Titan", 2010.
  • "Starfall", 2009.
  • "Remembrance", 2007.
  • "The Seer and the Silverman", 2008.
  • "PeriAndry's Quest", 2004.
  • "Climbing the Blue", 2005.
  • "The Time Pit", 2005.
  • "The Lowland Expedition", 2006.
  • "Formidable Caress", 2009.
  • Vol. 1–4: A Xeelee Omnibus , 2010 (anthology)
  • Xeelee Endurance , 2015 (short stories)
  • "Return to Titan AD 3685"
  • "Starfall AD 4771-4820"
  • "Remembrance AD ​​5071"
  • "Endurance AD ​​5274"
  • "The seer and the silverman AD 5810"
  • "Gravity dreams AD 978225"
  • "Periandry's quest AD c.3.8 Billion Years"
  • "Climbing the Blue AD c.4 Billion Years"
  • "The Time pit AD c.4.5 Billion Years"
  • "The lowland expedition AD c.4.8 Billion Years"
  • "Formidable Caress AD c.5 Billion Years"
  • Xeelee Vengeance , 2017
Reboot the Xeelee storyline.
One of the first wormhole transit connections enabled a Xeelee to travel back in time from the future to the time of Michael Poole with the aim of destroying the earth and humanity.
  • Xeelee Redemption , 2018
Continuation of the reboot of Xeelee Vengeance.
After surviving the Xeelee attack on Earth, Michael Poole flies with spaceships to the center of the Milky Way.

Destiny's Children

His cycle on the "Children of Fate" fits into the "Xeelee" cycle. These novels describe how various circumstances result in parallel developments in human society and how subspecies of the human species can arise.

  • Vol. 1: Coalescent , 2003.
Volume 1: Der Orden , Heyne, 2004, ISBN 3-453-52012-2 .
Is our current form of society the only one possible, or can there also be other forms of human beings? A young girl in England gets caught up in the turmoil of post-Roman times in the 5th century AD. She finds her way to survive during this time, but how can her family and with it her descendants survive? She finds a way, and in the 20th century a distant descendant discovers a clue to an unimaginable, even inhuman organization and follows up on this clue. In his novel, Stephen Baxter manages to describe a form of human society that is built up and functions like an anthill. He puts forward the thesis that every form of non-hierarchical communities are in principle swarms and different swarms, also in other ways, war. These so-called coalescences are described in many of his books.
  • Vol. 2: Exultant , 2004.
Volume 2: Sternenkinder , Heyne, 2005, ISBN 3-453-52101-3 .
Can humanity survive if it has been at war for 20,000 years and only lives for war? And is our form of life the only possible one? The novel tells the story of a young pilot and his older counterpart from another time period. Both have to assert themselves in different situations against the frozen worldview of the coalition and finally work together to save humanity from the Xeelee. A key message of the novel is that humanity can only survive if it constantly adapts and breaks new ground. Baxter describes the consequences and effects of a war that is waged at faster than light speed and thus inevitably leads to time paradoxes. At the same time, the story of the universe is told in a linear parallel story and how life is formed in every phase of the emerging universe because it was created through life itself. It also explains what the Xeelee are and how they came about.
  • Vol. 3: Transcendent , 2005.
Volume 3: Transzendenz , Heyne, 2006, ISBN 3-453-52189-7 .
The novel takes place in two time levels. In one, about 500,000 years away from our present, a powerful entity emerges, the transcendence, from a special telepathic connection of many people, at the center of which are the immortals. In the course of time, transcendence has achieved almost divine power over space and time and has committed itself to the redemption of all humanity in all times by living through every life itself and ultimately changing or correcting events. During this time, a young woman lives in a generation ship who is to be included in the transcendence.
The other storyline is in our near future, the 2040s . Global warming has meanwhile created massive problems, Miami is sinking into the floods, as is England and other regions. There are no more cars and it is hardly possible to travel by plane, so greenhouse gas emissions have been greatly reduced. Almost all large mammals are extinct, and the Kuiper Anomaly has been in the solar system, still unexplored, for decades. This is the time of Michael Poole, an engineer who lost his wife many years ago, but who has appeared to him as a kind of ghost since early childhood. Between problems with his son and these confusing phenomena, he leads a project that is supposed to save human civilization from destruction: the stabilization of methane hydrate deposits in the polar region.
In addition to moral and scientific aspects of climate change and the associated extinction, Baxter also deals with the religious wish and the possibility of divinity and redemption.
  • Vol. 4: Resplendent , 2006.
Short stories
  • "Cadre Siblings", 2000.
  • "Reality Dust", 2000 ( '' reality dust '')
  • "Silver Ghost", 2000.
  • "On the Orion Line", 2000.
  • "In the Un-Black", 2001.
  • "The Ghost Pit", 2001.
  • "The Cold Sink," 2001.
  • "Breeding Ground", 2003.
  • "The Great Game", 2003.
  • "The Chop Line", 2003.
  • "The Dreaming Mold", 2002.
  • "Conurbation 2473", 2003.
  • "All in a Blaze", 2006.
  • "Riding the Rock", 2002.
  • "Lakes of Light", 2005.
  • "Between Worlds", 2006.
  • "Mayflower II", 2004.
  • "Ghost Wars", 2006.

The NASA Trilogy (NASA Trilogy)

  • Vol. 1: Voyage , 1996.
Volume 1: Mission Ares , Heyne, 1999, ISBN 3-453-14868-1 .
1969: After the Apollo program ended , Nixon decides to start a follow -up program ARES for a manned flight to Mars. The novel describes the beginning of the program up to the landing of the first female astronaut on Mars in 1986. Baxter asks himself "What if?" And gives an original answer.
  • Vol. 2: Titan , 1997.
Volume 2: Titan , Heyne, 2000, ISBN 3-453-17107-1 .
In 2004 Cassini reached Saturn , Huygens landed on the moon Titan and discovered amino acids and long-chain hydrocarbons. At the same time the space shuttle Columbia crashes , the US space program is frozen in order to set a milestone in history, a manned mission is planned in which the remaining space shuttles and the old Saturn V are to be rebuilt at the Kennedy Space Center , to reach the moon of Saturn. While the space shuttle is on the move, the global political situation worsens dramatically. The United States is completely isolating itself from world politics after strictly religious forces come to power. After China attacked Taiwan , the US attacked China with biological weapons, which in turn dropped an asteroid on earth. The crew of the Titan mission is stranded. This novel spans a story from the present to the very distant future.
  • Vol. 3: Moonseed , 1998.
This novel (not yet translated into German) describes how nanobots are turning the earth into a hostile planet and how humanity survives this situation.

The Mammoth Trilogy (Mammoth)

In this trilogy, the mammoths are not extinct, a small group of them survived on a lonely island in the Arctic Ocean . The books describe how this came about and how they find their way in our modern world.

  • Vol. 1: Silverhair , 1999.
A group of mammoths has survived on an island in the Arctic Ocean until modern times and meets with poachers. Will the mammoths survive? After the peace is disturbed by humans, Silverhair sets out to find help. Suddenly, Silverhair finds itself in a world in which humans have not seen a living mammoth in 10,000 years and react accordingly.
  • Vol. 2: Longtusk , 2000.
The modern humans spread out all over the earth and for the mammoth remains only a retreat, further north. This novel describes how a mammoth bull finds the way to the last human-free enclave and there the future for his species.
  • Vol. 3: Icebones , 2001.
There is no longer any room on earth for mammoths. But what happens when they are released on a strange planet and suddenly the person is no longer there? Man has to in this novel Mars a Terraforming subjected him to a habitable and Habitat made for extinct animal and plant species. Suddenly people flee Mars for unknown reasons and leave everything behind (see The Mars Chronicles by Ray Bradbury ).
  • Vol. 1–3: Behemoth , 2004 (anthology)

The multiverse (manifold)

The novels of the Multiverse trilogy provide various possible explanations of the Fermi Paradox and also an insight into the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

  • Vol. 1: Manifold: Time , 1999.
Volume 1: Das Multiversum: Zeit , Heyne, 2002, ISBN 3-453-21356-4 .
  • Vol. 2: Manifold: Space , 2000.
Volume 2: Das Multiversum: Raum , Heyne, 2002, ISBN 3-453-21357-2 .
  • Vol. 3: Manifold: Origin , 2001.
Volume 3: The Multiversum: Ursprung , Heyne, 2003, ISBN 3-453-86162-0 .
  • Vol. 4: Manifold: Phase Space , 2002.
Short stories
  • "Moon-Calf", 1998.
  • "Open Loops", 2000.
  • "Glass Earth, Inc." 1997.
  • "Poyakhali 3012", 1997 ('" Pojechali 3012 "')
  • "Dante Dreams", 1998.
  • "War Birds", 1997 ( ' " war birds "')
  • "Sun-Drenched", 1998.
  • "Martian Autumn", 2002.
  • "Sun God," 1997.
  • "Sun-Cloud", 2001.
  • "Sheena 5", 2000.
  • "The Fubar Suit", 1997.
  • "Gray Earth", 2001.
  • "Huddle", 1999.
  • "Refugium", 2002.
  • "Lost Continent", 2001.
  • "Tracks", 2001.
  • "Lines of Longitude", 1997.
  • "The Barrier", 1998.
  • "Marginalia", 1999.
  • "The We Who Sing", 2002.
  • "The Gravity Mine", 2000.
  • "Spindrift", 1999.
  • "Touching Centauri", 2003.
  • "The Twelfth Album", 1998.

The Time's Tapestry

  • Vol. 1: Emperor , 2006.
The time conspiracy 01: Imperator , Heyne, 2007, ISBN 978-3-453-52247-3 .
When a brigand is born, the mother falls into a trance, utters a prophecy in Latin and dies. This prophecy details the invasion of Britain, the arrival of an emperor, and the construction of Hadrian's Wall. Why this prophecy at a time when Latin was still almost unknown in Britain? Does anyone want to change the way things are? In this novel the story of a family is told who wants to use the prophecy for their own purposes and thus incurs misfortune; also the invasion of Britain and the slow expansion of Christianity in Europe and Britain.
  • Vol. 2: Conqueror , 2007.
The Time Conspiracy 02: Eroberer , Heyne, 2007, ISBN 978-3-453-52300-5 .
It's 600 AD in Britain. When her child is born, a Roman woman in a trance recites a Germanic poem, a language she cannot speak, in a rhyme scheme that she cannot know. The poem is about the Teutons and the Northmen and how they will influence the fate of Britain. The last verse promises a 10,000 year Aryan empire.
It is also briefly hinted at that prophecies are not the only way to manipulate the past: a silent foundling is mentioned who draws the blueprints of incredible machines.
The poem also contains a hint as to who might have written it ...
  • Vol. 3: Navigator , 2007.
The time conspiracy 03: Navigator , Heyne, 2008, ISBN 978-3-453-52371-5 .
Strange prophecies and messengers keep popping up that intervene at turning points in history. The English monk Sithric collects these prophecies and comes across two who want to create opposing futures. After his death, the prophecies are separated and fall into the hands of two related families. Each believes that their prophecy will save Christianity, and so both fight each other through intrigues. Will “the pigeon” use “God's machines” in the last war against Islam? Or will he cross the great sea in the west to discover new lands there?
It is becoming increasingly clear that competing weavers , Witnesses, and goblins from the future are tampering with the past to gain an advantage.
  • Vol. 4: Weaver , 2008.
The time conspiracy 04: Dictator , Heyne, 2008, ISBN 978-3-453-52426-2 .
It is September 1940 and the Seelöwe company begins. German troops land on the English coast and advance north. But the invasion comes to an early halt and England is suddenly divided: into a free English side and into the protectorate of Albion held by the German invaders . In this, the population suffers greatly from the occupation. German soldiers are quartered with local families, prisoners of war have to do forced labor and the supply situation is deteriorating more and more. In the midst of this occupation, the time conspiracy described in the three previous novels begins and a race between the British secret service and the SS begins: some want to eliminate the weaver , others change the history of the entire world with ever new interventions in the past.

A Time Odyssey, with Arthur C. Clarke

  • Vol. 1: Time's Eye , 2004.
Volume 1: Die Zeit-Odyssey , Heyne, 2005, ISBN 3-453-52410-1 .
In 2037 the space-time continuum breaks apart. The earth is being put back together again by many pieces of "earth time", like a patchwork quilt, and suddenly people from the year 2037 find themselves in a world in which prehistoric people and ice ages exist. In addition, the “eyes” appear everywhere: silver spheres that float motionless in the area. After all, two armies collide, which should never come together: Alexander the Great will have to compete with Genghis Khan.
  • Vol. 2: Sunstorm , 2005.
Volume 2: Sonnensturm , Heyne, 2006, ISBN 3-453-52125-0 .
A solar observation station on the moon observes irregularities in the sun, and it turns out that within a short time a gigantic solar flare threatens to burn up all life on earth. Did the firstborn cause this eruption and why? And how can humanity protect itself against the elemental forces of its own mother star? This novel follows on from the previous one and describes an attack on humanity that has been in preparation for eons and how humanity asserts itself and defends itself.
  • Vol. 3: Firstborn , 2008.
Volume 3: Wächter , Heyne, 2009, ISBN 978-3-453-52496-5 .
About 30 years after humans barely survived the solar storm, the solar system has changed. The environmental conditions changed by the storm turn previously hostile moons and planets into interesting objects for colonization or exploration. But the firstborn interfere again. The annihilation of humanity is still a done deal.

The Web

Baxter contributed volumes 1 and 7 to the twelve-part youth book series The Web , but speaks of Web Book 1 + 2 on his homepage himself .

  • Vol. 1: Gulliverzone , 1997.
in: The Web. Bastei Lübbe, 1998, ISBN 3-404-24256-4 .

Unnamed disasters series

  • Vol. 1: Flood , 2008.
Volume 1: The last flood , Heyne, 2009, ISBN 978-3-453-26630-8 .
The background to the story is that there are large water caverns in the deep rock of the earth. These caverns break open and flood the continents. In the first few years the sea level rises by a few centimeters per year, then by several meters per year, and finally by hundreds of meters per year. Over a period of 50 years, the novel describes the flight of people from the unstoppable flood. Some flee to higher areas, others try their luck on rafts and the third build arks to survive.
  • Vol. 2: Ark , 2009.
Volume 2: The Last Arche , Heyne, 2011, ISBN 978-3-453-26657-5 .
A group of super-rich tries to use a spaceship to send people to another planet in another star system in the hope of being able to relocate humanity there. The story describes the desperate construction of this spaceship and the confined life on board on its seven-year voyage in a warp bubble.

The Nordland Trilogy (Northland)

Saga of an alternate prehistory

Volume 1: Steinfrühling , Cross Cult, 2015, ISBN 978-3-864-25450-5 .
Stone Age: 8000 years ago, where the North Sea is now, there was a large land mass. As the Ice Age ends, sea levels rise and slowly begin to cover the north land. There is a lack of land and migrations of peoples. A young woman tries to hold the remains of her village together after a catastrophic spring tide and a traveler from the Middle East brings them the technique of brick-making ...
Volume 2: Bronzesommer , Cross Cult, 2015, ISBN 978-3-864-25451-2 .
1200 BC Chr .: Bronze Age - and the growing civilization of the north comes into conflict with the eastern empires of the peasants.
Volume 3: Eisenwinter , Cross Cult, 2016, ISBN 978-3-864-25452-9 .
1500 AD: In an alternate Renaissance era, the northerners face their oldest enemy: the return of the ice.

The Long Earth, with Terry Pratchett

  • Vol. 1: The Long Earth , 2012.
Volume 1: Long Earth , Manhattan, 2013, ISBN 978-3-442-54727-2 .
Volume 1: Die Lange Erde , Goldmann, 2014, ISBN 978-3-442-48196-5 .
Volume 1: Die Lange Erde ( audio book , read by Jens Wawrczeck ), Der Hörverlag, 2013, ISBN 978-3-844-51183-3 .
  • Vol. 2: The Long War , 2013.
Volume 2: The Long War , Manhattan, 2015, ISBN 978-3-442-54728-9 .
Volume 2: The Long War , Goldmann, 2016, ISBN 978-3-442-48537-6 .
Volume 2: The Long War (audio book, read by Volker Niederfahrenhorst), Der Hörverlag, 2015, ISBN 978-3-844-51814-6 .
  • Vol. 3: The Long Mars , 2014.
Volume 3: Long Mars , Manhattan, 2015, ISBN 978-3-442-54761-6 .
Volume 3: Der Lange Mars (audio book, read by Volker Niederfahrenhorst), Der Hörverlag, 2015, ISBN 978-3-844-51936-5 .
  • Vol. 4: The Long Utopia , 2015.
Volume 4: The Long Utopia , Manhattan, 2016, ISBN 978-3-442-54776-0 .
Volume 4: Das Lange Utopia (audio book, read by Volker Niederfahrenhorst), Der Hörverlag, 2016, ISBN 978-3-844-52312-6 .
  • Vol. 5: The Long Cosmos , 2016.
Volume 5: Der Lange Kosmos , Goldmann, 2017, ISBN 978-3-442-20537-0 .
Volume 5: Der Lange Kosmos (audio book, read by Volker Niederfahrenhorst), Der Hörverlag, 2017, ISBN 978-3-8445-2811-4 .


  • Vol. 1: Proxima , 2013.
Volume 1: Proxima , Heyne, 2014, ISBN 978-3-453-31579-2 .
  • Vol. 2: Ultima , 2014.
Volume 2: Ultima , Heyne, 2015, ISBN 978-3-453-31639-3 .

Single novels

  • Anti-Ice , 1993.
Anti-Eis , Heyne, 1997, ISBN 3-453-12672-6 .
How would the Crimean War have ended if the British had had an antimatter weapon? Baxter describes the use of weapons, the destructive power of which is beyond anything known. The question that arises here is how people deal with technologies that they barely understand but use.
Zeitschiffe , Heyne, 1995, ISBN 3-453-08555-8 .
Zeitschiffe , Heyne, 2002, ISBN 3-453-21091-3 .
The time traveler has returned to his own time. Would he travel to the future again, would he find the exact world he left? Here Stephen Baxter has come up with a lot to illustrate the implications of the many-worlds interpretation . The time traveler ends up in a Dyson sphere on his second journey and first has to find his way around the gigantic dimensions. The novel sees itself as a continuation of the book The Time Machine by HG Wells . The nameless first-person narrator (the time traveler) returns from his first trip from the future of the Morlocks and Elois to Victorian England and sets off again into the future. However, this has fundamentally changed. In this novel, Baxter plays with the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and was awarded the BSFA Award in 1995 and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Philip K. Dick Award in 1996.
The light remote days , Heyne, 2001, ISBN 3-453-17803-3 .
In the middle of the 21st century, the entrepreneur Hiram Patterson succeeds in systematically stabilizing wormholes and using them to transmit information. With the help of this technology, he develops a camera that can virtually see through walls and thus sets a social change in motion, the consequences of which he hardly suspects. But that's not all: he soon realizes that his camera can make visible not only any location in the present, but also in the past. Humanity begins to explore its own history and has to say goodbye to many a self-deception.
  • Evolution , 2003.
Evolution , Heyne, 2004, ISBN 3-453-87546-X .
Evolution , Heyne, 2013, ISBN 978-3-453-53447-6
How did man come into being, and will there be other species after man that have evolved from him? The author pursues this question in this novel by not placing humans apart from evolution , but integrating them. So the present man will only be a basis for future hominids .
  • Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice , 2012.
Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice , Cross Cult , 2013, ISBN 978-3-86425-195-5 .
The Medusa Chronicles , Heyne, 2016, ISBN 978-3-453-31784-0 .
The end of mankind , Heyne, 2017, ISBN 978-3453318458 .

Other collections

  • Traces , 1998.
  • "Traces", 1991 (" Traces ")
  • "Darkness", 1995.
  • "The Droplet", 1989.
  • "No Longer Touch the Earth", 1993.
  • "Middle World", 1993.
  • "Journey to the King Planet", 1990.
  • "The Jonah Man," 1989.
  • "Downstream", 1993 (" StromAb ")
  • "The Blood of Angels", 1994 (" The Blood of Angels ")
  • "Columbiad", 1996 (" Columbiad ")
  • "Brigantia's Angels", 1995.
  • "Weep for the Moon", 1992.
  • "Good News", 1994.
  • "Something for Nothing", 1988.
  • "In the Manner of Trees", 1992 (" After Kind of Trees ")
  • "Pilgrim 7", 1993 (" Pilgrim 7 ")
  • "Zemlya", 1997 (" Zemlya ")
  • "Moon Six", 1997.
  • "George and the Comet", 1991 (" George and the Comet ")
  • "Inherit the Earth", 1992 (" Heirs of the Earth ")
  • "In the MSOB", 1996.
  • The Hunters of Pangea , 2004.
  • "The Hunters of Pangea", 2001.
  • "The Modern Cyrano", 2004.
  • "Family History", 1998.
  • "Raft", 1989.
  • "Clods", 2004.
  • "Wild Extravagant Theories: The Science of The Time Machine", 2004 (essay)
  • "The Ant-Men of Tibet", 1995.
  • "Martian Chronicles: Narratives of Mars in Science and SF", 2004 (essay)
  • "The Orchards of the Moon", 1992.
  • "The Song", 1998.
  • "The Moon Wizard", 1997.
  • "The Moon is Hell", 2004 (essay)
  • "Behold Now Behemoth," 2000.
  • "A Midsummer Eclipse", 2004.
  • "Prospero One", with Simon Bradshaw , 1996
  • "A Brief History of Half Time: Football in Science Fiction", 2004 (essay)
  • "Imaginary Time", 1993.
  • "The Burster", 2004.
  • "The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor", 2004.
  • "The Dinosaur Hunter", 2004.
  • "The Flight of the Taikonauts", 2004 (essay)
  • "The Mandate of Heaven", 2004.
  • "First to the Moon!", With Simon Bradshaw , 2000
  • Last and First Contacts , 2012.
  • "First contact", 2012.
  • "In the Abyss of Time", 2006.
  • "Halo Ghosts," 2000.
  • "Tempest 43", 2007.
  • "The Children of Time", 2005.
  • "The Pacific Mystery," 2006.
  • "No More Stories", 2006.
  • "Dreamers' Lake," 2007.
  • "The Long Road", 2006.
  • "Last Contact", 2007.
  • Universes , 2013.
  • Obelisk , 2016.
  • "On the Chryse Plain"
  • "Journey to Amasia"
  • "Obelisk"
  • "Escape from Eden"
  • "The Jubilee Plot"
  • "Fate and the Fire Lance"
  • "The never blinking eye"
  • "The Darwin Anathema"
  • "Mars will remain"
  • "Eagle Song"
  • "The Petravon Rats"
  • "The Venus Invasion"
  • "Turing's Apples"
  • "Artifacts"
  • "Vacuum Lad"
  • "Vabanque"
  • "StarCall"

Other short stories

  • "Space Butterflies", 1987.
  • "The Entoptic Man", 1991.
  • "The Strongest Armor", 1992.
  • "Paradox", 1993.
  • "Sunfly", with Eric Brown , 1995
  • "Disorder and Precision", 1995.
  • "In the Picture", 1996.
  • "Saddle Point Sequence", 1996.
  • "Voyage (extract)", 1996.
  • "The Spacetime Pit", with Eric Brown , 1996
  • "Gaijin", 1996.
  • "Saddle Point Dreamtime", 1996.
  • "Soliton Star", 1997.
  • "The Engine of Kimera", 1997.
  • "The Wire Continuum", with: Arthur C. Clarke , 1998 (" The Wire Continuum ")
  • "Roughneck", 1998.
  • "The Hydrous Astronauts", 1998.
  • "The Plain of Bones", 1999.
  • "Saddle Point: The Face of Kintu," 1999.
  • "People Came from Earth", 1999.
  • "Saddle Point: The Children's Crusade," 2000.
  • "Evolution (excerpt)", 2003.
  • "Coalescent (excerpt)", 2004.
  • "Exultant (excerpt)", 2004.
  • "A Drama on the Railway", 2004 (" The Minister on the Rails ")
  • "Transcendent (excerpt)", 2005.
  • "Under Martian Ice", 2005.
  • "A Signal from Earth", 2005.
  • "The Siege of Earth", 2006.
  • "A Very British Paranorm", 2006.
  • "Harvest Time", 2006.
  • "Six Sixes: Six Six-word SF stories", 2006.
  • "Repair Kit", 2007.


  • Angular Distribution Analysis in Acoustics , 1986.
  • Reengineering Information Technology , with David Lisburn , 1994
  • The Role of the IT / IS Manager , 1996.
  • Deep Future , 2001 (scientific article)
  • Omegatropic , 2001 (science fiction reviews)
  • Revolutions in the Earth: James Hutton and the True Age of the World , 2003
  • Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time , 2004
  • The Science of Avatar , 2012 (an authorized look at the science behind the blockbuster Avatar - Departure for Pandora )


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