The Long Cosmos Is The Fifth Book in The Long Earth Series
A few years back, celebrated sci-fi authors Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter began collaborating on a series of novels belonging to The Long Earth series. In December of 2011, Pratchett tweeted that the first draft of The Long Earth (also the name of the series’ first book) had been completed, and it was subsequently published on June 19th, 2012. The next book in the series, The Long War, came out June 20th, 2013, followed by The Long Mars on June 17th, 2014, and The Long Utopia on June 18th, 2015, shortly after Pratchett passed away. Well, it’s once again June, and the final volume in the series (Pratchett and Baxter signed a contract for a five book series), The Long Cosmos, has arrived.
The basis for the series was an unpublished short story “The High Meggas” that Pratchett wrote as a possible starting point for a new series while The Colour of Magic, the first Discworld novel, was being published. The Colour of Magic took off, and Pratchett sidelined the idea to keep working on Discworld novels. Then, in the late 2000s, a series of discussions revived the idea, leading to a collaboration with Baxter, and the release of the first book.
The Long Earth series deals with infinite parallel worlds that are similar to Earth, and can be reached using a cheap device called a Stepper. All the parallel worlds have one thing in common, and that is that Homo Sapiens have never inhabited them. Here’s a synopsis for The Long Cosmos:
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 with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. Its message is simple but its implications are enormous: JOIN US.
Are you a fan of The Long Earth series? Are you excited for the final book? Pick up a copy of The Long Cosmos over at Amazon, or if you’re new to the series, grab a copy of the other books in the series.