The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Long Earth

The Long Earth

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Recommended by Gordon Holmes

As a Pratchett devotee of many long years, I always approach a non-Discworld book with a mix of excitement and trepidation, more so when it is a collaboration.

This is much more sci-fi than fun fantasy but what remains is Sir Terry’s natural storytelling ability in this intriguing tale of multiple Earths and mankind’s need for exploration and knowledge.

With Baxter providing the hard science and theories, the two mesh well and while the ending is perhaps not completely satisfying, it is a compelling and original concept.

When the human race suddenly discovers there are millions of parallel Earths to which most (but not all) people can ‘step’ across to thanks to a self-build device, it changes things forever.

Thousands leave the ‘home’ earth in search of new life and adventure but Joshua, a ‘natural’ stepper is recruited by a mysterious company to go on a voyage to discover the secrets of the ‘Long Earth’. And what he finds may change the future of the planet forever...