By Stephen Baxter
"And far and wide the people went they discovered life..."
This excellent destiny background, the main bold and intriguing because Asimov's vintage starting place novels, tells the tale of Humankind--all tips on how to the tip of the Universe itself.
the following, in luminous and brilliant narratives spanning 5 million years, are the 1st Poole wormholes spanning the sunlight method; the conquest of Human planets by way of Squeem; GUTships that outrace mild; the back-time invasion of the Qax; the secret and legacy of the Xeelee, and their artifacts as huge as small galaxies; photino birds and darkish subject; and the hoop, the place Ghost, Human, and Xeelee think about the striking finish of Time.
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Extra resources for Vacuum Diagrams: Short Stories in the Xeelee Sequence
She smiled at me again. "You have a lot of questions," she said. I sipped my drink. " She shook her head. She looked older than when she'd died. She pulled at a lock of hair, a habit she'd had since she was a child. " "You're not Eve. " Even the Virtual copy of Eve would have cared too much to do this to me, to plunge me back into this self-regarding mess. Despite my loneliness after the metamorphosis, I hadn't called up Eve in seven, eight years. "Jack, I'm a better image than any you've seen before.
The ice was melted, blasted, flowed together, the Hills flattened. But the Sun-person had built the Hill that shaded Sculptor now. Somehow the Sun-person had understood and helped Sculptor. Now the Sun-person had gone, back to the world that had borne him. Sculptor's thoughts softened, slowed. His awareness seemed to expand, to encompass the slow, creaking turn of the world, the ponderous vegetable pulse of his hardening body. His name melted away. His father's face broke up, the fragments falling away into darkness.
The first hyperspace hop was immense, thousands of light years long. Then, in a succession of bewildering leaps, we sailed out of the Galaxy. We fell obliquely to the plane of the disc. The core was a chandelier of pink-white light, thousands of light years across, hanging over my head. Spiral arms -- cloudy, streaming -- moved serenely above me. There were blisters of gas sprinkled along the arms, I saw, bubbles of swollen colour. Galactic light glimmered over the silvered flesh of the Ghosts, and of my own body.
Vacuum Diagrams: Short Stories in the Xeelee Sequence by Stephen Baxter