COALESCENT. New York: Ballantine Books, [2003]. Octavo, boards. First U.S. edition. "The best of Baxter's later sequences is probably the Destiny's Children series comprising COALESCENT (2003), EXULTANT (2004) and TRANSCENDENT (2005), with the story collection RESPLENDENT (2006) added as a pendant, which compellingly conflates two strands of Baxter's work: his increasingly intense concern with family groups as natural units and natural bearers of genes through time; and the increasingly poignant escapology inherent in what has begun his standard conclusion to a story of any heft: Transcendence, some paradise of unfleshed universe-encompassing intelligence which posthuman "humans" may aspire to join, as motes might aspire to join the sun." - John Clute, SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-83. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. Publisher's publicity sheet laid in. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#103217).

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