The Long Cosmos

The last novel in The Long Earth series, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.

Synopsis

2070–71: Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new 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 with 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 its implications are enormous:

JOIN US.

Bit by bit, as they grow to understand the goal of the messengers, the impact will be felt by and resonate with all – mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths…

The Long Cosmos is the fifth and final instalment in The Long Earth series.

2070–71: Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new 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 with 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 its implications are enormous:

JOIN US.

Bit by bit, as they grow to understand the goal of the messengers, the impact will be felt by and resonate with all – mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths…

The Long Cosmos is the fifth and final instalment in The Long Earth series.

2070–71: Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new 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 with 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 its implications are enormous:

JOIN US.

Bit by bit, as they grow to understand the goal of the messengers, the impact will be felt by and resonate with all – mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths…

The Long Cosmos is the fifth and final instalment in The Long Earth series.

‘It is extremely relaxing to travel so many worlds from home in a luxury airship, “stepping” with every turn of the page.’


Guardian

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