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BSFA Review: Creation Node by Stephen Baxter

08/06/2024 13:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Creation Node by Stephen Baxter

(Gollancz, 2023)

Reviewed by Stuart Carter

Is Stephen Baxter the undisputed master of “cosmic horror”? He certainly doesn’t do classic movie jump scares—quite the very absolute opposite, in fact! First, he’ll terrify you with your insignificance measured against the size of the universe, and then he’ll make you weep at these pathetic scales when compared with the mind-boggling timespans that lie ahead of us.

If that isn’t cosmic horror, I don’t know what is.

Then there’s the slow, inevitable creep of Flood in which we’re all doomed, and no can-do science types are coming to save us. That kept me awake a few nights after reading.

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