The thrilling conclusion to the internationally bestselling Long Earth series explores the greatest question of all: What is the meaning of life? 2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, a new society continues to evolve in the Long Earth. Now, a message has been received: "Join us." The Next-the hyper-intelligent post-humans-realize that the missive contains instructions for kick-starting the development of an immense artificial intelligence known as The Machine. But to build this computer the size of an Earth continent, they must obtain help from the more populous and still industrious worlds of mankind. Meanwhile, on a trek in the High Meggers, Joshua ValientE, now nearing seventy, is saved from death when a troll band discovers him. Living among the trolls as he recovers, Joshua develops a deeper understanding of this collective-intelligence species and its society. He discovers that some older trolls, with capacious memories, act as communal libraries, and live on a very strange Long Earth world, in caverns under the root systems of trees as tall as mountains. ValientE also learns something much more profound...?bout life and its purpose in the Long Earth: We cultivate the cosmos to maximize the opportunities for life and joy in this universe, and to prepare for new universes to come.
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by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
by Terry Pratchett
by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
by Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson
by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
by Stephen Wright
"Narrator Michael Fenton Stevens delivers this final book in the Lost Earth series with a feeling of familiarity. The phenomenon of "stepping between parallel earths" is now in its sixtieth year. As the galaxy continues to broadcast its message--"JOIN US"--the intrepid travelers continue their explorations and contemplations of the meaning of life. Although this series is not imbued with the level of irony and dry humor of Pratchett's renowned Discworld series, Stevens doesn't neglect the flashes of humor that are present as he portrays the fine-tuned relationships between the characters. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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