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Raft

(1991)
(The first book in the Xeelee series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
Stephen Baxter's highly acclaimed first novel and the beginning of his stunning Xeelee Sequence. A spaceship from Earth accidentally crossed through a hole in space-time to a universe where the force of gravity is one billion times as strong as the gravity we know. Somehow the crew survived, aided by the fact that they emerged into a cloud of gas surrounding a black hole, which provided a breathable atmosphere. Five hundred years later, their descendants still struggle for existence, divided into two main groups. The Miners live on the Belt, a ramshackle ring of dwellings orbiting the core of a dead star, which they excavate for raw materials. These can be traded for food from the Raft, a structure built from the wreckage of the ship, on which a small group of scientists preserve the ancient knowledge which makes survival possible. Rees is a Miner whose curiosity about his world makes him stow away on a flying tree -- just one of the many strange local lifeforms -- carrying trade between the Belt and the Raft.

Genre: Science Fiction

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"A major new talent." - Arthur C Clarke


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Hardback Editions

July 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Raft
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-246-13706-1 / 978-0-246-13706-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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Paperback Editions

July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Raft (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1-4732-2405-5 / 978-1-4732-2405-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gateway
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August 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Raft
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-00-733023-5 / 978-0-00-733023-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Voyager
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June 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Raft
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-586-21091-1 / 978-0-586-21091-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Voyager
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January 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Raft
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-451-45130-9 / 978-0-451-45130-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
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Audio Editions

June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Raft
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gateway
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June 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Raft
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June 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Raft
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gateway
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June 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Raft
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Raft (S.F. MASTERWORKS Book 329)
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gateway
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January 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Raft (S.F. MASTERWORKS Book 329)
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gateway
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