The Xeelee Sequence is a series of hard science fiction space opera novels and short stories by British science fiction author Stephen Baxter. The novels span several billions of years, describing the future expansion of humanity, its war with its nemesis (a Type IV civilization an alien race called the Xeelee), and the Xeelee's own war with dark matter entities called Photino Birds. Other important Xeelee Sequence species include the Qax, the Squeem, and the Silver Ghosts. Several novels also deal with humans and posthumans living in extreme conditions, such as the heart of a neutron star (Flux) or a universe with considerably stronger gravity (Raft).
Baxter's Destiny's Children series is part of the Xeelee Sequence.
The novels, in chronological order (not publication order) are:
|Coalescent||2003||Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 2004|
|Transcendent||2005||Michael Poole's segment
John W. Campbell Memorial Award nominee, 2006
|Ring||1993||before Great Northern launches|
|Riding the Rock||2002||Included in Resplendent|
|Reality Dust||2000||Included in Resplendent|
|Mayflower II||2004||Included in Resplendent|
|Raft||1991||Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee, 1992|
|Ring||1994||after Great Northern returns|
Most of the short stories are collected in Vacuum Diagrams and Resplendent, but there are still several short stories in the series that are uncollected. Chronologies including most of the short stories and novels are included in the short story collections Vacuum Diagrams and Resplendent. When asked directly for a suggested reading order, the author wrote: "I hope that all the books and indeed the stories can be read stand-alone. I’m not a great fan of books that end with cliff-hangers. So you could go in anywhere. One way would be to start with ‘Vacuum Diagrams’, a collection that sets out the overall story of the universe. Then ‘Timelike Infinity’ and ‘Ring’ which tell the story of Michael Poole, then ‘Raft’ and ‘Flux’ which are really incidents against the wider background, and finally ‘Destiny’s Children.’" In 2009, Baxter posted a detailed chronology of the Xeelee Sequence explaining the proper chronological reading order of all the novels, novellas, and short stories up to that year.
An omnibus edition of the first four Xeelee novels; Raft, Timelike Infinity, Flux and Ring, was released in January 2010.
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- "2004 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
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- "Books". Stephen Baxter. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
- Baxter's own complete (as of July 2009) timeline for the Xeelee Sequence of novels and stories, hosted on his official website.