Article published on March 18, 2015.
The Long Mars, third in Long Earth series which explores the idea that alternate Earths exist and can be visited simply by “stepping” into them will be published in paperback on 9th April. The setting is 2040-2045, in the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption. There is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives.
Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their ‘long childhood’ in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing ‘normal’ human society to turn against the Next – and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable.
Pratchett’s teeming imagination has produced some fifty plus books and this outing confirms that with eighty million books sales under his belt, he’ll be remembered as one of the greatest writers of all time.
Sir Terry Pratchett 1948 – 2015
Quite a Good Time to Be Born: A Memoir, 1935-1975, by David Lodge