Riding the Rock
"Riding the Rock" is a 60-page science fiction novella by Stephen Baxter novella. The seventh work in the Xeelee Sequence, it was published in 2002, and is a chronologically remote sequel to Reality Dust.
The plot is set in the Third Expansion era, in which humanity has thrown off the successive yokes of the Squeem and the Qax, and has been so successful that it is second only to the Xeelee among baryonic races. However, humanity's jealousy has driven it to futilely and brutally dedicate their culture (sending soldiers off as young as 13) to warring for over 18,000 years upon the Xeelee. The characters engage in quasi-trench warfare against the Xeelee in the galactic core.
It is collected in the anthology Resplendent.
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