The Long War

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The Long War
UK paperback 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
ISBN9780552167758 (UK paperback)
Preceded byThe Long Earth 
Followed byThe Long Mars 


A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth – but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind ... A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth – and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government...

Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation... Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2021-08-08 Pratchat “The Helen Green Preservation Society”

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
2023-07-08 Pratchat “The Long Footnote”[1]
2023-07-27 Juvenalia “Show And Tell”[2]
2024-07-08 Pratchat “The Longer Footnote”[3]


To be added.

External links


  1. This is a recap of the first three Long Earth novels.
  2. Features the three hosts telling each other about something they don’t know about; Alan Maguire talks about the series in general.
  3. An updated recap of the first four Long Earth novels.