Raft (1991)

Imagine a universe where the physical force of gravity is much, much higher than in our own universe, where even small things have a noticeable gravity. Imagine a spaceship with humans has somehow reached this universe through the great Xeelee ring, and now they have to survive in this strange, new universe.

Like typical Baxter, there’s a great concept at the core of the novel. That’s the one good thing I can say about Raft. I’m a fan of first novels, while often very rough around the edges, they often show much more vigor than later novels. But sadly this isn’t one of these, the characters are cardboard, the plot is predictable, the writing not very good and while the background of the setting is interesting, Baxter didn’t do much with it.