June 19th, 2014

Book review: The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter London24

The year is 2040. America is enshrouded with a “searing blanket” of dust and “ash like diabolic snow” after a cataclysmic event – the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano in the Yellowstone National Park.
Communities and landscapes are ripped apart and the devastating effects are not just witnessed in America – they are evident across Earth.
In an ordinary world, the survivors would flee from the immediate danger to neighbouring communities which were not as struck by the disaster, where they would attempt to reassemble their lives.
But these people, who live on our Earth (“Datum Earth”), exist in a world which has a key difference to ours – it contains the Long Earths, a string of Earths which number in the millions. Some are akin to Datum Earth, while others formed in vastly different circumstances.