Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter

Overview
Stephen Baxter is a prolific British hard science fiction
Hard science fiction
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell, Jr.'s Islands of Space in Astounding Science...

 author. He has degrees in mathematics
Mathematics
Mathematics is the study of quantity, space, structure, and change. Mathematicians seek out patterns and formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proofs, which are arguments sufficient to convince other mathematicians of their validity...

 and engineering
Engineering
Engineering is the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize improvements to the lives of...

.

Strongly influenced by SF pioneer H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
Herbert George Wells was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books and rules for war games...

, Baxter has been a distinguished Vice-President of the international H. G. Wells Society
H. G. Wells Society
The H.G. Wells Society, founded in 1960, is an international association composed of people interested in the life, work and thought of the British writer and thinker Herbert George Wells , and encouraging a wider interest in his writings and ideas...

 since 2006. His fiction falls into three main categories, each with a different basis, style and tone.

Baxter's "Future History" mode is based on research into hard science
Hard science fiction
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell, Jr.'s Islands of Space in Astounding Science...

. It encompasses the monumental Xeelee Sequence
Xeelee Sequence
The Xeelee Sequence is a series of novels and short stories by British science fiction author Stephen Baxter. The novels span several billions of years, describing the future expansion of Mankind, its war with its arch-nemesis , and the Xeelee's own war with dark matter entities called photino birds...

, which as of July 2009 is composed of seven novels (including the Destiny's Children
Destiny's Children
Destiny's Children is a science-fiction series by Stephen Baxter. It takes place within his larger series, the Xeelee Sequence. Like his previous Manifold Trilogy, the books are not direct sequels to one another, but are instead thematically linked by the appearance of concepts, themes, and...

 series), plus four novellas and 46 short pieces, all of which fit into a single timeline stretching from the Big Bang singularity of the past to his Timelike Infinity
Timelike Infinity
Timelike Infinity is a 1992 science fiction book by Stephen Baxter. The second book in the Xeelee Sequence, Timelike Infinity introduces a universe of powerful alien species and technologies which manages to maintain a realistic edge due to Baxter's physics background; it largely sets the stage for...

 singularity of the future.
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"This gets us to Stephen Baxter's Mayflower II, published last year in a limited edition from PS Publishing. In one of the great tragedies of publishing, it was not a limited enough edition and so I have read it." (James Nicoll, 2005)

"It's true that the average human in the Xeelee universe can't eat Jell-O with a straw without accidentlaly removing an eye but these particular humans start off no stupider than than any other human of their era and proceed to breed themselves into imbecility. Well, farther into imbecility." (James Nicoll, 2005) Category:Authors|Baxter, Stephen fr:Stephen Baxter

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Stephen Baxter is a prolific British hard science fiction
Hard science fiction
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell, Jr.'s Islands of Space in Astounding Science...

 author. He has degrees in mathematics
Mathematics
Mathematics is the study of quantity, space, structure, and change. Mathematicians seek out patterns and formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proofs, which are arguments sufficient to convince other mathematicians of their validity...

 and engineering
Engineering
Engineering is the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes that safely realize improvements to the lives of...

.

Writing style


Strongly influenced by SF pioneer H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
Herbert George Wells was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books and rules for war games...

, Baxter has been a distinguished Vice-President of the international H. G. Wells Society
H. G. Wells Society
The H.G. Wells Society, founded in 1960, is an international association composed of people interested in the life, work and thought of the British writer and thinker Herbert George Wells , and encouraging a wider interest in his writings and ideas...

 since 2006. His fiction falls into three main categories, each with a different basis, style and tone.

Baxter's "Future History" mode is based on research into hard science
Hard science fiction
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell, Jr.'s Islands of Space in Astounding Science...

. It encompasses the monumental Xeelee Sequence
Xeelee Sequence
The Xeelee Sequence is a series of novels and short stories by British science fiction author Stephen Baxter. The novels span several billions of years, describing the future expansion of Mankind, its war with its arch-nemesis , and the Xeelee's own war with dark matter entities called photino birds...

, which as of July 2009 is composed of seven novels (including the Destiny's Children
Destiny's Children
Destiny's Children is a science-fiction series by Stephen Baxter. It takes place within his larger series, the Xeelee Sequence. Like his previous Manifold Trilogy, the books are not direct sequels to one another, but are instead thematically linked by the appearance of concepts, themes, and...

 series), plus four novellas and 46 short pieces, all of which fit into a single timeline stretching from the Big Bang singularity of the past to his Timelike Infinity
Timelike Infinity
Timelike Infinity is a 1992 science fiction book by Stephen Baxter. The second book in the Xeelee Sequence, Timelike Infinity introduces a universe of powerful alien species and technologies which manages to maintain a realistic edge due to Baxter's physics background; it largely sets the stage for...

 singularity of the future. These stories begin in the present day and end when the Milky Way galaxy collides with Andromeda five billion years in the future. The central narrative is that of Humanity rising and evolving to become the second most powerful race in the universe, next to the god-like Xeelee
Xeelee
The Xeelee are a fictional hyperadvanced species from Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence. They were first remotely mentioned in the 1994 novel Timelike Infinity and were later central actors of several novels and a substantial number of short stories...

. Character development tends to take second place to the depiction of advanced theories and ideas, such as the true nature of the Great Attractor
Great Attractor
The Great Attractor is a gravity anomaly in intergalactic space within the range of the Centaurus Supercluster that reveals the existence of a localised concentration of mass equivalent to tens of thousands of Milky Ways, observable by its effect on the motion of galaxies and their associated...

, naked singularities
Naked singularity
In general relativity, a naked singularity is a gravitational singularity, without an event horizon. In a black hole, there is a region around the singularity, the event horizon, where the gravitational force of the singularity is strong enough so that light cannot escape. Hence, the singularity...

 and the great battle between Baryonic
Baryon
A baryon is a composite particle made up of three quarks . Baryons and mesons belong to the hadron family, which are the quark-based particles...

 and Dark Matter
Dark matter
In astronomy and cosmology, dark matter is matter that neither emits nor scatters light or other electromagnetic radiation, and so cannot be directly detected via optical or radio astronomy...

 lifeforms. The Manifold Trilogy
Manifold Trilogy
The Manifold Trilogy is a series of science fiction books by Stephen Baxter. It consists of three novels and an anthology of short stories relating to the three. The three books in the trilogy are not ordered chronologically; instead, they are thematically linked stories that take place in...

 is another example of Baxter's future history mode, even more conceptual than the Xeelee sequence -- each novel is focused on a potential explanation of the Fermi Paradox
Fermi paradox
The Fermi paradox is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of evidence for, or contact with, such civilizations....

. The two-part disaster series Flood
Flood (Baxter novel)
Published in 2008, Flood is the work of hard science fiction by English author Stephen Baxter. It describes a near future world where deep submarine seismic activity leads to seabed fragmentation, and the opening of deep subterranean reservoirs of water. Human civilization is almost destroyed by...

and Ark
Ark (Baxter novel)
Ark is a hard science fiction novel by UK author Stephen Baxter. It comes as the sequel to Baxter's acclaimed 2008 novel Flood. Ark deals with the journey of Ark One, which Baxter has revealed to be a long-range spaceship, and the continuing human struggle for survival on Earth after the...

(followed by two additional stories, "Earth II" and "Earth III" in Asimov's Science Fiction
Asimov's Science Fiction
Asimov's Science Fiction is an American science fiction magazine which publishes science fiction and fantasy and perpetuates the name of author and biochemist Isaac Asimov...

)
also fits into this category, where catastrophic events unfold in the near future and Humanity must adapt to survive in three radically different planetary environments. Baxter has signed a contract for two new books due in 2013 and 2014, titled Proxima and Ultima, both of which are names of planets. They appear likely to continue the stories of Earth II (Proxima) and Earth III (Ultima), even further in the future.

A second category in Baxter's work is based on readings in evolutionary biology and human/animal behavior. Elements of this appear in his future histories (especially later works like the Destiny's Children series and Flood/Ark), but here it is the focus. The major work in this category is Evolution, which imagines the evolution of humanity in the Earth's past and future. The Mammoth Trilogy
The Mammoth Trilogy
The Mammoth Trilogy is a series of books by hard science fiction author Stephen Baxter. The books in it were published between 1999 and 2001. It contains Silverhair, Longtusk and Icebones....

, written for young adults, shares similar themes and concerns as it explores the present, past, and future of a small herd of mammoths found surviving on an island in the Arctic Ocean.

A third category of Baxter's fiction is alternate history, based on research into history. These stories are more human, with characters portrayed with greater depth and care. This includes his NASA Trilogy
NASA Trilogy
The NASA Trilogy consists of three hard science fiction novels written by British science fiction author Stephen Baxter. These books explore the possibilities of the American space program if the circumstances had been different. They have generally darker tones than his other books and are...

, which incorporates a great deal of research into NASA
NASA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research...

 and its history, and the Time's Tapestry
Time's Tapestry
Time's Tapestry is a four-volume alternate history and science fiction series by British author Stephen Baxter. The four novels are Emperor, Conqueror, Navigator, and Weaver....

 series, which features science-fictional interventions into our past from an alternate-history future. The novel Anti-Ice
Anti-Ice
Anti-Ice is a science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. Published in 1993, it can be classified as an alternate history for its portrayal of 19th century Europe and the changes resulting, particularly in Britain, from an explosive scientific discovery made in the 1850s.-Plot:The novel begins with...

is an earlier example of Baxter's blending of alternate history with science fiction. His 2010 novel Stone Spring
Stone Spring
Stone Spring is a 2010 novel by Stephen Baxter. It is set in prehistoric Doggerland and focuses on the attempts of Northland's inhabitants to adapt to the rising sea levels slowly eroding Northland's coastline...

is the first in an alternate prehistory series, the Northland Trilogy, which begins ten thousand years ago in the Stone Age
Stone Age
The Stone Age is a broad prehistoric period, lasting about 2.5 million years , during which humans and their predecessor species in the genus Homo, as well as the earlier partly contemporary genera Australopithecus and Paranthropus, widely used exclusively stone as their hard material in the...

, to be followed by books set in the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
The Bronze Age is a period characterized by the use of copper and its alloy bronze as the chief hard materials in the manufacture of some implements and weapons. Chronologically, it stands between the Stone Age and Iron Age...

 and the Iron Age
Iron Age
The Iron Age is the archaeological period generally occurring after the Bronze Age, marked by the prevalent use of iron. The early period of the age is characterized by the widespread use of iron or steel. The adoption of such material coincided with other changes in society, including differing...

.

Another category, outside of the main body of Baxter's independent work, is sequels to science-fiction classics. His first novel to achieve wide recognition (winning three literary awards) was The Time Ships
The Time Ships
The Time Ships is a 1995 science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. A sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, it was officially authorized by the Wells estate to mark the centenary of the original's publication. It won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Philip K. Dick Award in 1996, as...

, an authorised sequel to H.G. Wells' The Time Machine
The Time Machine
The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 for the first time and later adapted into at least two feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions, and a large number of comic book adaptations. It indirectly inspired many more works of fiction...

. The Time Odyssey
A Time Odyssey
A Time Odyssey is a series of novels co-written by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. , the series consists of:*Vol. 1 – Time's Eye *Vol. 2 – Sunstorm *Vol...

 series, a trilogy co-authored with Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey, and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein,...

, is connected to Clarke's four Space Odyssey novels. Baxter has also published a novel based on a synopsis written by Clarke, The Light of Other Days
The Light of Other Days
The Light of Other Days is a 2000 science fiction novel written by Stephen Baxter based on a synopsis by Arthur C. Clarke, which explores the development of wormhole technology to the point where information can be passed instantaneously between points in the space-time continuum.- Characters...

.

In February 2007, Baxter was announced as the author of what was to be the 100th story for Big Finish Productions
Big Finish Productions
Big Finish Productions is a British company that produces books and audio plays based, primarily, on cult British science fiction properties...

' Doctor Who
Doctor Who
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior...

 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.

In 2009, Baxter became a judge for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History
Sidewise Award for Alternate History
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to recognize the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.The awards take their name from the 1934 short story "Sidewise in Time" by Murray Leinster, in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with...

, the first former winner among the panel.

Baxter has also written non-fiction essays and columns for such publications as Critical Wave
Critical Wave
Critical Wave, later subtitled "The European Science Fiction & Fantasy Review", is a British small-press magazine, initially published and co-edited by Steve Green and Martin Tudor during the period 1987-96...

and the British SF Association's Matrix.

In 2010 it was announced that he would be working on a new series, "The Long Earth", with Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett
Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE is an English novelist, known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels...

.

Literary awards

Award Name Year For book Short stories printed in
BSFA Award
BSFA award
The BSFA Awards are literary awards presented annually since 1970 by the British Science Fiction Association to honor works in the genre of science fiction. Nominees and winners are chosen based on a vote of BSFA members...

 SF Novel
1995 The Time Ships
The Time Ships
The Time Ships is a 1995 science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. A sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, it was officially authorized by the Wells estate to mark the centenary of the original's publication. It won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Philip K. Dick Award in 1996, as...

 
Sidewise Award
Sidewise Award for Alternate History
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to recognize the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.The awards take their name from the 1934 short story "Sidewise in Time" by Murray Leinster, in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with...

 for Best Short Form Alternate History
1995 Brigantia's Angels Traces
Traces
Traces is a collection of short stories written by British sci-fi author Stephen Baxter. Unlike similar collections such as Vacuum Diagrams and Phase Space, it is not related to any particular series by Baxter .The book contains the following short stories:Traces is a collection of short...

John W. Campbell Award 1996 The Time Ships
The Time Ships
The Time Ships is a 1995 science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. A sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, it was officially authorized by the Wells estate to mark the centenary of the original's publication. It won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Philip K. Dick Award in 1996, as...

 
Philip K. Dick Award 1996 The Time Ships
The Time Ships
The Time Ships is a 1995 science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. A sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, it was officially authorized by the Wells estate to mark the centenary of the original's publication. It won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Philip K. Dick Award in 1996, as...

 
Sidewise Award
Sidewise Award for Alternate History
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to recognize the best alternate history stories and novels of the year.The awards take their name from the 1934 short story "Sidewise in Time" by Murray Leinster, in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with...

 for Best Long Form Alternate History
1996 Voyage  
BSFA Award
BSFA award
The BSFA Awards are literary awards presented annually since 1970 by the British Science Fiction Association to honor works in the genre of science fiction. Nominees and winners are chosen based on a vote of BSFA members...

 Short Fiction
1997 War Birds Phase Space
SF Chronicle Award Best Novelette 1998 Moon Six
Moon Six
"Moon Six" is a short story by Stephen Baxter. It originally appeared in Science Fiction Age in the March 1997 issue."Moon Six" concerns an American astronaut named Bado. During a visit to the moon, Bado witnesses a sort of "heat haze," and then finds himself in an alternate reality. This...

Traces
Traces
Traces is a collection of short stories written by British sci-fi author Stephen Baxter. Unlike similar collections such as Vacuum Diagrams and Phase Space, it is not related to any particular series by Baxter .The book contains the following short stories:Traces is a collection of short...

Analog Award Best Short Story 1998 Moon-Calf Phase Space
Philip K. Dick Award 1999 Vacuum Diagrams
Vacuum Diagrams
Vacuum Diagrams is a collection of science fiction short stories written by Stephen Baxter. The collection connects the novels of the Xeelee Sequence and also shows the history of mankind in the Xeelee universe, and ultimately the universe...

 
Analog Award Best Short Story 2000 Sheena 5 Phase Space
Locus Poll Award Best Novelette 2000 Huddle Phase Space
Asimov's Readers' Poll Novelette 2001 On the Orion Line Resplendent
BSFA Award
BSFA award
The BSFA Awards are literary awards presented annually since 1970 by the British Science Fiction Association to honor works in the genre of science fiction. Nominees and winners are chosen based on a vote of BSFA members...

 Non-Fiction
2001 Omegatropic  
Analog Award Best Short Story 2002 The Hunters of Pangaea Evolution & The Hunters of Pangaea
BSFA Award
BSFA award
The BSFA Awards are literary awards presented annually since 1970 by the British Science Fiction Association to honor works in the genre of science fiction. Nominees and winners are chosen based on a vote of BSFA members...

 Short Fiction
2004 Mayflower II Resplendent


Baxter's story Last Contact was nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

 for best short story.http://www.thehugoawards.org/

Xeelee Sequence
Xeelee Sequence
The Xeelee Sequence is a series of novels and short stories by British science fiction author Stephen Baxter. The novels span several billions of years, describing the future expansion of Mankind, its war with its arch-nemesis , and the Xeelee's own war with dark matter entities called photino birds...

 

Title Year ISBN Notes
Raft
Raft (novel)
Raft is a 1991 hard science fiction book by author Stephen Baxter. Raft is both Baxter's first novel and first book in the Xeelee Sequence, although the Xeelee are not present. Raft was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1992.-Setting:...

1991 ISBN 0-246-13706-1 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1992
Timelike Infinity
Timelike Infinity
Timelike Infinity is a 1992 science fiction book by Stephen Baxter. The second book in the Xeelee Sequence, Timelike Infinity introduces a universe of powerful alien species and technologies which manages to maintain a realistic edge due to Baxter's physics background; it largely sets the stage for...

1992 ISBN 0-00-224016-5  
Flux
Flux (novel)
Flux is a 1993 science fiction novel by British author Stephen Baxter. It is the third book in Baxter's Xeelee Sequence.-Plot introduction:Dura and her fellow human beings live inside a neutron star, as they have for generations...

1993 ISBN 0-00-224025-4  
Ring 1993 ISBN 0-00-224026-2  
Vacuum Diagrams
Vacuum Diagrams
Vacuum Diagrams is a collection of science fiction short stories written by Stephen Baxter. The collection connects the novels of the Xeelee Sequence and also shows the history of mankind in the Xeelee universe, and ultimately the universe...

1997 ISBN 0-00-225425-5 Philip K. Dick Award winner, 1999
Short story collection.
Reality Dust
Reality Dust
Reality Dust is the 6th work in Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence series. The novella was released in 2000 by PS Publishing.The plot begins not very long after the Third Expansion began Reality Dust is the 6th work in Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence series. The novella was released in 2000 by PS...

2000 ISBN 1-902880-10-2
ISBN 1-902880-11-0
Novella (first published by PS Publishing
PS Publishing
PS Publishing is a Hornsea based publisher founded in 1999 by Peter Crowther. They specialise in novella length fiction from the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres. It has quickly become established as one of Britain's premier small presses...

 as trade paperback and hardcover; both limited; later collected in Resplendent)
Riding the Rock
Riding the Rock
Riding the Rock is a 60-page Stephen Baxter novella; it is the seventh novel/novella in the Xeelee Sequence; it was published in 2002, and is a chronologically remote sequel to Reality Dust...

2002 ISBN 1-902880-60-9
ISBN 1-902880-59-5
Novella (first published by PS Publishing
PS Publishing
PS Publishing is a Hornsea based publisher founded in 1999 by Peter Crowther. They specialise in novella length fiction from the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres. It has quickly become established as one of Britain's premier small presses...

 as trade paperback and hardcover; both limited; later collected in Resplendent)
Mayflower II
Mayflower II (Stephen Baxter)
Mayflower II is a 88-page Stephen Baxter novella taking place in the Xeelee Sequence; it was published in 2004.The story begins on Pluto in the distant future. Its inhabitants, former collaborators of the Qax, humanity's erstwhile conquerors, are under attack from the new-formed Coalition, seeking...

2004 ISBN 1-904619-16-9
ISBN 1-904619-17-7
Novella (first published by PS Publishing
PS Publishing
PS Publishing is a Hornsea based publisher founded in 1999 by Peter Crowther. They specialise in novella length fiction from the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres. It has quickly become established as one of Britain's premier small presses...

 as trade paperback and hardcover; both limited; later collected in Resplendent)
Starfall
Starfall (novel)
Starfall is the ninth work in Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence series. The novella was released in 2009 by PS Publishing....

2009 ISBN 978-1-906301-59-0
ISBN 978-1-906301-60-6
Novella (published by PS Publishing
PS Publishing
PS Publishing is a Hornsea based publisher founded in 1999 by Peter Crowther. They specialise in novella length fiction from the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres. It has quickly become established as one of Britain's premier small presses...

 as hardcover and jacketed hardcover; both limited)

Destiny's Children
Destiny's Children
Destiny's Children is a science-fiction series by Stephen Baxter. It takes place within his larger series, the Xeelee Sequence. Like his previous Manifold Trilogy, the books are not direct sequels to one another, but are instead thematically linked by the appearance of concepts, themes, and...

 

Title Year ISBN Notes
Coalescent
Coalescent
Coalescent is a science-fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. It is part one of the Destiny's Children series, and is the first in the reading order for the Xeelee series...

2003 ISBN 0-345-45786-2 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2004
Exultant 2004 ISBN 0-345-45788-9  
Transcendent
Transcendent (novel)
Transcendent is the third novel in the Destiny's Children series by Stephen Baxter, and a 2006 Campbell Award nominee.-Plot summary:The story alternates between two timelines: the world of Michael Poole in the year 2047, and that of Alia, a posthuman girl who lives approximately half a million...

2005 ISBN 0-345-45792-7 John W. Campbell Memorial Award nominee, 2006
Resplendent 2006 ISBN 0-575-07896-0 Short story collection.

NASA Trilogy
NASA Trilogy
The NASA Trilogy consists of three hard science fiction novels written by British science fiction author Stephen Baxter. These books explore the possibilities of the American space program if the circumstances had been different. They have generally darker tones than his other books and are...

 

Title Year ISBN Notes
Voyage 1996 ISBN 0-00-648037-3 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1997
Titan 1997 ISBN 0-06-105713-4 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1998
Moonseed 1998 ISBN 0-06-105903-X  

The Web Series


Baxter contributed two books to this series for young adults. See The Web (series)
The Web (Series)
The Web is a series of 12 books for young adults, novellas about the internet of the future, edited by Simon Spanton, written by well-known science fiction and fantasy authors like Stephen Baxter, Stephen Bowkett, Eric Brown, Pat Cadigan, Maggie Furey, Peter F...


Manifold Trilogy
Manifold Trilogy
The Manifold Trilogy is a series of science fiction books by Stephen Baxter. It consists of three novels and an anthology of short stories relating to the three. The three books in the trilogy are not ordered chronologically; instead, they are thematically linked stories that take place in...

 

Title Year ISBN Notes
Manifold: Time
Manifold: Time
Manifold: Time is a 1999 science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. It is the first of Baxter's Manifold trilogy , although the books can be read in any order because the series takes place in a multiverse.The book was nominated for the 2000 Arthur C...

1999 ISBN 0-345-43076-X Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2000
Manifold: Space
Manifold: Space
Manifold: Space is a science fiction book by author Stephen Baxter, first published in the United Kingdom in 2000, then released in the United States in 2001. It is the second book of the Manifold series and examines another possible solution to the Fermi paradox...

2000 ISBN 0-345-43077-8  
Manifold: Origin
Manifold: Origin
Manifold: Origin is a science fiction novel by author Stephen Baxter from the Manifold Trilogy.This is the third installment in Stephen Baxter's Manifold trilogy. It sees Manifold regular Reid Malenfant and others once again dealing with possibilities of primate evolution in all forms and...

2001 ISBN 0-345-43079-4  
Phase Space 2002 ISBN 0-00-651185-6 Short story collection.

Mammoth Trilogy
The Mammoth Trilogy
The Mammoth Trilogy is a series of books by hard science fiction author Stephen Baxter. The books in it were published between 1999 and 2001. It contains Silverhair, Longtusk and Icebones....

 

Title Year ISBN Notes
Silverhair
Silverhair
Silverhair is a 1999 Stephen Baxter science-fiction novel and the first book of The Mammoth Trilogy.An omnibus edition, incorporating all three novels of this series, was published as Behemoth ....

1999 ISBN 0-06-105132-2 Young adult
Longtusk
Longtusk
Longtusk is a 1999 novel by Stephen Baxter. It is in The Mammoth Trilogy.An omnibus edition, incorporating all three novels of this series, was published as Behemoth ....

1999 ISBN 0-380-81898-1 Young adult
Icebones
Icebones
Icebones is a 2001 novel by Stephen Baxter. It is in The Mammoth Trilogy.An omnibus edition, incorporating all three novels of this series, was published as Behemoth .-Reception:...

2001 ISBN 0-380-81899-X Young adult
Behemoth 2004 ISBN 0-575-07604-6 Omnibus edition of the Mammoth Trilogy

A Time Odyssey
A Time Odyssey
A Time Odyssey is a series of novels co-written by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. , the series consists of:*Vol. 1 – Time's Eye *Vol. 2 – Sunstorm *Vol...

 (Co-authored with Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey, and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein,...

)

Title Year ISBN Notes
Time's Eye 2003 ISBN 0-345-45248-8  
Sunstorm
Sunstorm (novel)
Sunstorm is a 2005 science fiction novel co-written by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. It is the second book in the series A Time Odyssey. The books in this series are often likened to the Space Odyssey series, although the Time Odyssey novels ostensibly deal with time where the...

2005 ISBN 0-345-45250-X  
Firstborn 2007 ISBN 978-0-345-49157-2  

Time's Tapestry
Time's Tapestry
Time's Tapestry is a four-volume alternate history and science fiction series by British author Stephen Baxter. The four novels are Emperor, Conqueror, Navigator, and Weaver....

 

Title Year ISBN Notes
Emperor
Emperor (Stephen Baxter)
Book one of four in Stephen Baxter's alternate history and science fiction series Time's Tapestry.-Synopsis:A mysterious prophecy from the future shapes the destiny of a family through four centuries of the Roman occupation of Britain. Begins in 4 BC and incorporates such later events as the...

2006 ISBN 0-575-07432-9  
Conqueror
Conqueror (Stephen Baxter)
Book two of four in Stephen Baxter's alternate history and science fiction series Time's Tapestry.- See also :*Emperor *Navigator *Weaver...

2007 ISBN 0-575-07673-9  
Navigator
Navigator (Stephen Baxter)
Book three of four in Stephen Baxter's alternate history and science fiction series Time's Tapestry.- See also :*Emperor *Conqueror *Weaver...

2007 ISBN 978-0-441-01559-7  
Weaver
Weaver (Stephen Baxter)
Weaver is an alternate history and science fiction work authored by Stephen Baxter. It is the fourth and final novel in his Time's Tapestry quartet, which deals with psionic broadcast of history-altering content within trans-temporal lucid dreams....

2008 ISBN 978-0-575-08204-5  

Flood/Ark

Title Year ISBN Notes
Flood
Flood (Baxter novel)
Published in 2008, Flood is the work of hard science fiction by English author Stephen Baxter. It describes a near future world where deep submarine seismic activity leads to seabed fragmentation, and the opening of deep subterranean reservoirs of water. Human civilization is almost destroyed by...

2008 ISBN 978-0575080584 British Science Fiction Association Award nominee, 2008
Ark
Ark (Baxter novel)
Ark is a hard science fiction novel by UK author Stephen Baxter. It comes as the sequel to Baxter's acclaimed 2008 novel Flood. Ark deals with the journey of Ark One, which Baxter has revealed to be a long-range spaceship, and the continuing human struggle for survival on Earth after the...

2009 ISBN 978-0575080577  

Northland Trilogy 

Title Year ISBN Notes
Stone Spring
Stone Spring
Stone Spring is a 2010 novel by Stephen Baxter. It is set in prehistoric Doggerland and focuses on the attempts of Northland's inhabitants to adapt to the rising sea levels slowly eroding Northland's coastline...

2010 ISBN 978-0-575-08919-8  
Bronze Summer 2011 ISBN 978-0-575-08923-5  
Iron Winter 2012 ISBN 978-0-575-08928-0  

Unrelated novels

Title Year ISBN Notes
Anti-Ice
Anti-Ice
Anti-Ice is a science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. Published in 1993, it can be classified as an alternate history for its portrayal of 19th century Europe and the changes resulting, particularly in Britain, from an explosive scientific discovery made in the 1850s.-Plot:The novel begins with...

1993 ISBN 0-06-105421-6 Alternate History
The Time Ships
The Time Ships
The Time Ships is a 1995 science fiction novel by Stephen Baxter. A sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, it was officially authorized by the Wells estate to mark the centenary of the original's publication. It won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Philip K. Dick Award in 1996, as...

1995 ISBN 0-06-105648-0 BSFA Award winner, 1995; John W. Campbell Award winner, 1996; Philip K. Dick Award winner, 1996; Hugo, Locus, Clarke, and British Fantasy Awards nominee, 1996
Alternate History. An authorised sequel to H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
Herbert George Wells was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books and rules for war games...

's The Time Machine
The Time Machine
The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 for the first time and later adapted into at least two feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions, and a large number of comic book adaptations. It indirectly inspired many more works of fiction...

The Light of Other Days
The Light of Other Days
The Light of Other Days is a 2000 science fiction novel written by Stephen Baxter based on a synopsis by Arthur C. Clarke, which explores the development of wormhole technology to the point where information can be passed instantaneously between points in the space-time continuum.- Characters...

2000 ISBN 0-312-87199-6 Co-authored with Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey, and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein,...

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Evolution 2003 ISBN 0-345-45783-8  
The H-Bomb Girl 2007 ISBN 0-571-23279-5 Young adult

Unrelated collections

Title Year ISBN Notes
Traces
Traces
Traces is a collection of short stories written by British sci-fi author Stephen Baxter. Unlike similar collections such as Vacuum Diagrams and Phase Space, it is not related to any particular series by Baxter .The book contains the following short stories:Traces is a collection of short...

1998 ISBN 0-00-649814-0 Short story collection.
The Hunters of Pangaea 2004 ISBN 1-886778-49-3 18 stories and five essays on science and science fiction.

Short fiction

Title Year First published in Reprinted in
Formidable caress 2009 Analog
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Analog Science Fiction and Fact is an American science fiction magazine. As of 2011, it is the longest running continuously published magazine of that genre...

129/12 (Dec 2009)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year : Volume Four, ed. Jonathan Strahan (Night Shade Books, 2010)
Return to Titan 2010 Godlike Machines, Jonathan Strahan
Jonathan Strahan
Jonathan Strahan is an editor and publisher of science fiction. His family moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1968, and he graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986....

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Non-fiction

Title Year ISBN Notes
Deep Future 2001 ISBN 1-85798-844-2 Science based examination of possible human futures.
Omegatropic 2001 ISBN 0-95407-881-0 Mainly science fiction criticism.
Revolutions in the Earth
Ages in Chaos
2003 (UK)
2004 (United States)
ISBN 0-29782-975-0
ISBN 0-76531-238-7
James Hutton
James Hutton
James Hutton was a Scottish physician, geologist, naturalist, chemical manufacturer and experimental agriculturalist. He is considered the father of modern geology...

 and the True Age of the World
James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time
Deep time
Deep time is the concept that the Geologic time scale is vast because the Earth is very old. The modern philosophical concept was developed in the 18th century by Scottish geologist James Hutton...

The Science of Avatar 2011 ISBN 0297863436 Examines the concepts used in the 2009 film Avatar.

Personal life


Baxter was born 13 November 1957 in Liverpool
Liverpool
Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and was granted city status in 1880...

, England and studied mathematics at Cambridge University, obtained a doctorate in engineering at Southampton University, and received an MBA from from Henley Management College. Baxter taught maths, physics, and information technology before becoming a full time author in 1995. He is also a chartered engineer and fellow of the British Interplanetary Society
British Interplanetary Society
The British Interplanetary Society founded in 1933 by Philip E. Cleator, is the oldest space advocacy organisation in the world whose aim is exclusively to support and promote astronautics and space exploration.-Structure:...

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