TIME: MANIFOLD 1. [London]: HarperCollinsPublishers, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Signed on the title page by Baxter. First book of the Manifold Trilogy. The Manifold sequence, TIME: MANIFOLD 1 (1999), SPACE: MANIFOLD 2 (2000) and ORIGIN: MANIFOLD 3 (2001), "explores almost frenziedly a series of alternate history iterations of the implications of the Fermi Paradox, which argues that if alien species did in fact exist in the wide universe, they would have already visited us ("If they existed, they would be here."). As so often in Baxter, there is no final answer understandable by humans, though some higher controlling entity (for whom/which we are all iterations in an experiment beyond our ken) may have the answer." - John Clute, SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-85. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#169651).
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