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    Stephen Baxter
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    Harper Prism Pb; New Ed edition (1994)
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    288 pages
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Prologue A LETTER TO A FATHER July 7th, 1855 Before Sebastopol My Dear Father,I scarce. Читать онлайн Anti-Ice.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Discovering a new element, Anti-Ice, a mysterious substance that unleashes vast energies when warmed. Stephen Baxter is an acclaimed, ng author whose many books include the Xeelee Sequence series, the Time Odyssey trilogy (written with Arthur C. Clarke), and The Time Ships, a sequel to H. G. Wells's classic The Time Machine.

Is the work of Sir Isaac Newton a closed book? Stubbornly I said, Please describe how the eminent Sir Isaac is arranging for you to float about in the air like a human dust-mote. The Phaeton’s engines have been turned off, Traveller said.

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The novel 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. A new element has been discovered in a hidden vein near the South Pole. Anti-ice is harmless until warmed, when it releases vast energies that promise new wonders and threaten new horrors beyond humankind’s wildest dreams. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device.

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Read Anti-Ice, by Stephen Baxter online on Bookmate – The novel can be classified as an alternate history for its portrayal of 19th century Europe and the changes resulting, particularly in Britain .

8,000 years ago Europe was a very different place. Baxter continues to prove that he has phenomenal insight into humanity, giving us not only an inspired book, but more to think about in regards to our own evolution. at both action-packed storytelling and philosophical speculation.

Author: Stephen Baxter. Genre: Science Fiction, Steampunk. Comparatively speaking, Anti-Ice is light reading by Baxter standards. Which is actually an awesome side to his writing that I haven’t experienced before, and enjoyed immensely

Author: Stephen Baxter. Publisher: Eos Publication Date: September 1994 Paperback: 304 pages. Which is actually an awesome side to his writing that I haven’t experienced before, and enjoyed immensely. There’s a ton of humor in this book – yes, laugh out loud humor! – which was a welcome surprise. I loved Ned Vicars’ first person narration and his thought processes. His infatuation with Francoise, his self-deprecating remarks (ironically underlain with his own vanity), it all was wonderful, winsome stuff.

Baxter's Best Tackles Steam-Punk. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 15 years ago. Fans of steam-punk and Victorian adventures will love ANTI-ICE by Stephen Baxter. In this book, Baxter flawlessly combines many great SF themes.

In the year 1720, a comet enters Earth orbit and remains there as the "Little Moon". However, a chunk of the comet ends up in the Antarctic where it is found by Ross the polar explorer. It's no ordinary chunk of cometary ice, it's anti-ice. Rather like anti-matter, it reacts explosively with ordinary matter - but only above a certain temperature threshhold. Using its condensed power, the British Empire embarks on an age of vast technological innovation and world dominance.

Politically, though, things don't immediately change. British political history certainly deviates from our experience with many 19th century reforms not undertaken and Manchester as the capital and not London. But Continental politics only begin to change after England uses an anti-ice weapon to end the siege of Sebastopol in the Crimean War.

It is at Sebastopol the novel begins, its destruction recounted by the narrator's brother. Then we jump to 1870, and the eve of the Franco-Prussian war. Our hero, self-described as a man of shallow character and shallow intellect, makes the acquaintance of Josiah Traveller, the engineering genius who has developed most of the anti-ice technologies. He also develops an infatuation for Francois, a French woman who is not only politically ardent but also unusually knowledgeable about anti-ice engineering.

The novel echoes Verne and Wells and nowhere more deliberately than a voyage to the moon. Five men -- the narrator, Traveller, his butler, an English journalist, and a saboteur - inhabit a small spaceship. But the narrator discovers more than the depth of Traveller's ingenuity and life on the moon. He undergoes a political awakening about the new order being shaped back on Earth and the true nature of his love Francois.

This is a fun work of steampunk, a nice homage to Verne and Wells. As long as you don't mind your alternate histories built on more outre premises, Baxter presents an interesting divergence of European history. And, though it's relatively brief at the end, he makes a serious point about the limitations of even well-intentioned imperialism.
Anti-Ice is an "alternate universe" tale that takes place in 19th century. An asteroid from an unknown part ofthe galaxy assumes an orbit around the Earth, forming a new moon. Fragments fall to earth in the region of the South Pole and are discovered by British explorers. These asteroid fragments are composed of a previously unknown material dubbed, anti-ice, which releases energy on the scale of a nuclear explosion when heated. The British industrial revolution is propelled to new heights by this discovery. Naturally, one of the first discoveries is the utility of this energy source in warfare. A struggle develops between industrialists who want to monopolize the energy potential of the substance, idealists who see it as a chance for world peace by eliminating energy (oil, etc.) as a driving force in geopolitical economics, and other military powers who see the British monopoly of this substance as a military threat.
Many of the themes of Anti-Ice reflect issues of the nuclear age. The underlying conflicts parallel those that developed during the cold war. As a novel, Anti-Ice is mediocre, however. The style is stilted, reminescent of H.G. Wells. Mr. Baxter used this style to much greater effect in his novel, The Timeships, which was a "sequel" to Wells' The Time Machine. There is a flatness to the plot and to the characters which makes the book tedious.
In addition, Mr. Baxter has 20th century exploits performed with 19th century technology (with the exception of the anti-ice energy source). A space voyage takes place, for instance, in a craft that would have lacked air-tight seals (using 19th century technology).
Some SF novels are rip-roaring adventures. This is one is not. Some are full of mystery and intrigue. This one is not. Some have an underlying philosophical message. This one does not. So that doesn't leave much.
I'd had a bad experience with Baxter (also known as Timelike Infinity) which had me prepared to ignore anything he wrote. But I'm a sucker for alternate history and Victoriana, so when I heard that Baxter had written an alt-history in which 19th century England gets its hands on antimatter (Kaboom!), I just had to give it a try. And I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
This book works on a lot of levels. The use of the naive protagonist alongside the newspaper reporter and the professor allows for a lot of exposition without straining the plot. Once you accept the hand-waving explanation of how antimatter got to Earth in a form that 19th century tech could handle, the rest of the technology and history follows pretty logically. And the writing itself is a wonderful pastiche of Wells, Verne, and 19th century English novels in general.
But the aspect of it that I most enjoyed was the political allegory. The parallels of anti-ice technology with nuclear technology followed our own history in many ways: its first use followed by horror at the devastation that it wrought, then an attempt to harness it for peaceful purposes, and finally a cold war in which two super-powers hold weapons of mutually assured destruction. But more subtly, England's domination of France at the end of the book, and France's resentment, could be seen as analogous to US domination of Europe after WWII.
A wonderful science fiction story, but also a lesson on the dangers of the misuse of power, whether it be the destructive power of weaponry or the political forces of imperialism.