The Long Cosmos

The Long Cosmos

From the extraordinary combined talents of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
comes the fifth and final novel in the bestselling Long Earth sequence.


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2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next
post-human society continues to evolve.
For Joshua Valienté, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into
the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death,
his only hope of salvation lies w ith a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his
mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. A signal that is picked up by
radio astronomers but also in more abstract ways – by the trolls and by the Great
Traversers. Its message is simple but ts implications are enormous:
The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to
develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from
throughout the industrious w orlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble
a computer the size of a continent – a device that w ill alter the Long Earth’s place
w ithin the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those w ho sent the
Message. Its impact w ill be felt by and resonate w ith all – mankind and other species,
young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths…



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