The very far future: The galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, and chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light... The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun. How would it be to live on such a world?

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Proxima Reviews

  • Kevin
    Feb 10, 2017


    A bit uneven at times, but epic in scope and an overall great read. Excited for the sequel. ...

  • Michael Brookes
    Oct 11, 2016

    Michael Brookes

    This is some damn fine science fiction. It ticked all the right boxes for me for what I consider to make essential sci-fi reading. So much so that it's one of those reviews where I get to list all the good things, without having to worry about the negative. A rare please :-)For me scie...

  • Robert French
    Mar 28, 2016

    Robert French

    I have had the shelf in Goodreads named “abandoned” for some time, but never used it. Instead I simply deleted a book (or author) I did not particularly like. But Stephen Baxter’s novel Proxima has driven me to finally embrace this shelf so I can comment on books that ir...

  • Megan Baxter
    Mar 12, 2016

    Megan Baxter

    Goddammit, Stephen Baxter, I'm trying! I've been trying to like you since I read an early book and thought the characters were so cardboard I couldn't get through it. (No idea what book that is now.) I enjoyed the first book you and Terry Pratchett wrote together. I mean, we share a la...

  • Sooz
    Oct 19, 2015


    how is it that someone who likes science fiction as much as I do has never read Stephen Baxter?! I am loving this book and -at about 2/3's of the way in - I cannot wait to see how he pulls the two threads together and ends this story. it is seriously the best hard sci fi I have read in...

  • Michael
    Aug 15, 2015


    Lost meets Stargate.I once fell for a story involving a mysterious hatch, now I know better. (Yes, I'm still bitter.)Proxima is halfway between hard science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson, and space opera, Peter F. Hamilton.It's entertaining but despite the cliffhanger at the end I'm no...

  • Carly
    Aug 11, 2015


    You know, I just can't seem to find hard scifi that really speaks to me.I had high hopes for Proxima: interesting premise and an ex-engineer author with a history of collaborating with Terry Pratchett? Count me in.But the book just wasn't for me. I honestly didn't plan on reviewing it ...

  • Nikola Tasev
    Aug 9, 2015

    Nikola Tasev

    This was supposed to be an epic book, spanning vast distances and about a century. This is spoiled by the author's inability to sustain more than a few characters with detail, so we follow those characters from very early age to being old and grey. They somehow never develop, change, r...

  • Manuel Alves
    Apr 25, 2015

    Manuel Alves

    O fim "não-resolução" (no meu entender) da história foi um anticlímax que arruinou a parte satisfatória da leitura. Boa caracterização dos cenários criados (apesar da exposição de informação técnica desinteressante e, a bem dizer, chata), e alg...

  • Dan
    Apr 12, 2015


    Sci-fi fans probably already have an opinion of Stephen Baxter's work and no doubt whatever that opinion is they would have the same with this book. Personally I love his books and this is ones of the best so far. Set in the 22nd century, it sees a group of people forced to travel and ...