Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the popular Discworld series, has teamed up with author Stephen Baxter, of the Destiny's Children series, in a two-book project about parallel universes. The Pratchett-Baxter project, which will be published by Doubleday, is being referred to as the Long Earth novels.
The parallel universe concept behind the Long Earth novels goes back to the roots of the idea that inspired Pratchett's Discworld series. It is the idea that each planet "is but one of a chain of parallel worlds ... in an infinite landsc ape of infinite possibilites."
What makes the concept so exciting? "You can just step from one world to the next ..."
Readers can expect to see the first installment of the Long Earth project on the shelves in the spring of 2012.
Until then, Pratchett enthusiasts can check out the thirty seventh installment in the Discworld series, Unseen Academicals, which has just been released in paperback. Fans can also look foward to the fourth installment of the Tiffany Aching series, I Shall Wear Midnight, which will be released in September.