The Long Cosmos

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The Long Cosmos
Cover of The Long Cosmos
Original UK cover by Rich Shailer
AuthorTerry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
Audio read byMichael Fenton Stevens (unabridged)
Cover artistRich Shailer
SeriesThe Long Earth
Release number
GenreScience fiction
Publication date
Preceded byThe Long Utopia 


2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valienté, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in more abstract ways – by the trolls and by the Great Traversers. Its message is simple but its implications are enormous:


The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent – a device that will alter the Long Earth’s place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message. Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all – mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths...

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2024-07-08 Pratchat “One Step Beyond”

Other appearances

These are episodes which feature significant discussion of the book, but it’s not the focus of the episode.

Date Show Episode External link
2023-07-27 Juvenalia “Show And Tell”[1]


To be added.

External links


  1. Features the three hosts telling each other about something they don’t know about; Alan Maguire talks about the series in general.