Tag Archives: Stephen Baxter

Lay Away Book Special: A good end, but troubled by Zoe

The Wheel of Ice recovers in its final fifty pages. Everything gets resolved, there’s that familiar pang of regret felt by the Doctor, Zoe, and Jamie as they once more must leave on the cusp of celebrations, and there’s the characteristic … Continue reading

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Lay away book special: The Wheel starts wobbling

Baxter makes a bold move in the penultimate fifty pages of The Wheel of Ice. Where before chapter followed chapter rather closely and major events weren’t skipped over, he breaks both precedents here. Apparently there was quite the kerfuffle around … Continue reading

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Everyday future tech

In the dome of Titan that the rebels from the Wheel have set up there’s a disturbing machine. It’s a waste recycler that changes human waste – human body waste – into food. Or, as Jamie puts it the machine … Continue reading

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Lay away book special: An icy wheel of body and soul

It’s only given a bit of dialogue, but Stephen Baxter’s mention of how artificial intelligences are treated in The Wheel of Ice makes sense. This bit of dialogue is spoken by Luis Reyes, the ambassador from the Planetary Ethics Commission, on … Continue reading

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Lay away book special: Looking for the hand that spins the wheel

The Wheel of Ice was maybe a script before it was a novel. That’s the sense that I get from an oddity of the book’s organization. Every time there’s a flashback, it isn’t presented as the stuff of a regular … Continue reading

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Lay away book special: A perspective on Baxter’s world building

I’m really digging The Wheel of Ice. Not only do you have the second Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe, but even the incidental characters have great potential. Characters like Phee, her older brother Sam, younger sister Casey; their mother Jo; and … Continue reading

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Lay away book special: The wheel begins to turn

There’s a marked difference in the style and voice of Gareth Roberts’ Shada and Stephen Baxter’s The Wheel of Ice. Both are Doctor Who novels, one being a novelization of a serial that never aired, and the other an original … Continue reading

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