Time's Eye

Time s Eye Sir Arthur C Clarke is a living legend a writer whose name has been synonymous with science fiction for than fifty years An indomitable believer in human and scientific potential Clarke is a genuine

  • Title: Time's Eye
  • Author: Arthur C. Clarke Stephen Baxter
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  • Page: 224
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sir Arthur C Clarke is a living legend, a writer whose name has been synonymous with science fiction for than fifty years An indomitable believer in human and scientific potential, Clarke is a genuine visionary If Clarke has an heir among today s science fiction writers, it is award winning author Stephen Baxter In each of his acclaimed novels, Baxter has demonstrSir Arthur C Clarke is a living legend, a writer whose name has been synonymous with science fiction for than fifty years An indomitable believer in human and scientific potential, Clarke is a genuine visionary If Clarke has an heir among today s science fiction writers, it is award winning author Stephen Baxter In each of his acclaimed novels, Baxter has demonstrated dazzling gifts of imagination and intellect, along with a rare ability to bring the most cerebral science dramatically to life Now these two champions of humanism and scientific speculation have combined their talents in a novel sure to be one of the most talked about of the year, a 2001 for the new millennium For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself The Firstborn are unknown to humankind until they act In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline Instead, the world becomes a patchwork of eras, from prehistory to 2037, each with its own indigenous inhabitants.Scattered across the planet are floating silver orbs impervious to all weapons and impossible to communicate with Are these technologically advanced devices responsible for creating and sustaining the rifts in time Are they cameras through which inscrutable alien eyes are watching Or are they something stranger and terrifying still The answer may lie in the ancient city of Babylon, where two groups of refugees from 2037 three cosmonauts returning to Earth from the International Space Station, and three United Nations peacekeepers on a mission in Afghanistan have detected radio signals the only such signals on the planet, apart from their own The peacekeepers find allies in nineteenth century British troops and in the armies of Alexander the Great The astronauts, crash landed in the steppes of Asia, join forces with the Mongol horde led by Genghis Khan The two sides set out for Babylon, each determined to win the race for knowledge and the power that lies within.Yet the real power is beyond human control, perhaps even human understanding As two great armies face off before the gates of Babylon, it watches, waiting

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    • Arthur C. Clarke Stephen Baxter

      Arthur C Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956 He is best known for the novel and movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, which he co created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.Clarke was a graduate of King s College, London where he obtained First Class Honours in Physics and Mathematics He is past Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, a member of the Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and many other scientific organizations.Author of over fifty books, his numerous awards include the 1961 Kalinga Prize, the AAAS Westinghouse science writing prize, the Bradford Washburn Award, and the John W Campbell Award for his novel Rendezvous With Rama Clarke also won the Nebula Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1972, 1974 and 1979, the Hugo Award of the World Science Fiction Convention in 1974 and 1980, and in 1986 became Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America He was awarded the CBE in 1989.

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    • Dear Sir Arthur C. Clarke,As a Poul Anderson fan, I enjoyed your collaborative novel Time’s Eye with Stephen Baxter. Not that Anderson has a monopoly on time travel / alternate history books and ideas, but some of his strongest works are in this sub-genre. This one reminded me of Anderson’s The Dancer From Atlantis, and it was also reminiscent of Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go, with the eclectic blend of historic folks from divergent times. I also enjoyed the references t [...]

    • I thoroughly enjoyed Time’s Eye - it's got action, science, and solidly developed characters. It's also got an ancient history battle royale between Alexander the Great and his army vs. Genghis Khan and his Mongolian hoard. Time's Eye is the first in Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke's Time Odyssey series which takes place in the same universe as Clarke's 2001 stories. Inexplicably (at least initially), Earth is sliced up and stitched back together creating a mish-mash of timeframes. This sc [...]

    • It is not an accident that I am only now getting to this trilogy. Though I enjoyed The Light of Other Days, that collaboration felt primarily like a sexed up re-exploration of themes Arthur C. Clarke explored more poignantly in his masterpiece Childhood’s End. Then I recently enjoyed a short story Baxter authored using Clarke's ideas. Realizing I liked Baxter’s writing style on its own merits, I decided to give the Time Odyssey trilogy a go. The mixing of different historical periods is fasc [...]

    • First, let me just say that I have really enjoyed the works of Sir Arthur C. Clarke up until this point. I devoured 2001: A Space Odyssey with an abandon that I have not previously brought to a straight-up piece of Science Fiction. So, when I came across this one at a used book store, it was really the name that got me interested, even though the premise itself seemed interesting enough.However, I was sadly disappointed. The plot itself was a great idea, but the execution was rather piss-poor. I [...]

    • An eloquent work of speculative fiction. The book is more fantasy than Science Fiction in its jigsaw reconfiguration of time and space on Earth, but as Clarke wrote of long ago, "Any sufficiently developed technology is indistinguishable from magic." Clarke brings his deep philosophy to the forefront, and Baxter's writing is smooth, vibrant and rich as a patchwork quilt cut from velvet. The prose is aggressive and the characters sharply drawn. The opening scene with the walking apes is a nod to [...]

    • All of a sudden the world changes. It becomes a patchwork of history, with humans and animals from all across time appearing next to each other. A helicopter crew from 2037 crash land in British Empire India where they meet Rudyard Kipling and together they all meet the army of Alexander the Great. A crew also from 2037 in the International Space Station are heading back to Earth and eventually end up meeting Genghis Khan and his Mongol tribe. It eventually leads to a battle between the armies o [...]

    • I read to be entertained and Time’s Eye certainly did that! The concept that the Earth has been carved up into a jigsaw puzzle of different times was original and fascinating. The characters include Rudyard Kipling, Russian cosmonauts, British soldiers from the 1880’s, and US Air and Space Force officers from 2037. And while I hate military-style sci-fi with battles, the confrontation between Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan made for great reading. There were several things that were nev [...]

    • nije mi baš sjelodnostavno ne događa se ništa, da dogodio se Diskontinuitet, golema područja na Zemlji su ispremiješana kroz stoljeća i imaju neke čudne kugle posvudabio sam publicističku lekciju o "crvenim mundirima", životu,okrutnosti, smradu, jelu i seksu Mongola. Neko nabadanje od Alexi Velikom i o tome što makedonci jedu, nose sa sobom i koliko oni smrdedan superpametni telefon koji se boji otići u stand-by pa se pita "hoće li sanjati" - eh, ajmo pogoditi odakle je ovoonda su se [...]

    • The first in a trilogy which is tangentially related to Clarke's "Space Odyssey" series, this is primarily an alternate history novel with a sci-fi underpinning. And although I'm skeptical of alternate history in general, Clarke and Baxter have delivered the goods this time around. The fact that they were able to weave together such disparate and well-known historical figures as Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and Rudyard Kipling into a tapestry which never seems hokey or forced and is a test [...]

    • I’m usually not enthusiastic about alternate history type books - I did not finish Dies the Fire by SM Sterling, but I did greatly enjoy To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. I won’t read Blackout/All Clear however. Absolutely, totally, utterly no interest. Time’s Eye, however, pulled me in from page one. I think the initial interest was because I recently watched the History of India (PBS special) and the significance of the Khyber Pass between India, Afghanistan and Pakistan was ex [...]

    • This is the second Clarke-Baxter collab, and it's a good one, if not quite up to "Light of Other Days". Here they reprise the hardy "bad aliens screw humanity" perennial, with noteworthy twists -- the best being a mosaic of time-slices from the past 2,000, 000 years, but it's a little heavy-handed. Worth reading: "B+" or 3.5 stars. Read circa 2004.The reliable and amazingly well-read Paul di Filippo said, circa 2004:"With Baxter's solid characterization and penchant for steady action, this book [...]

    • So a while back I got the urge to read some really good science fiction. I grew up on sci-fi, but hadn't read any in years, not since first coming to college. I had it in my head that I would pick some new author, or at least one I wasn't already familiar with. Instead, I found myself reading the last series of books by science fiction's greatest writer, a man who is nothing if not familiar to me. I was not disappointed, though I suppose I still haven't quite accomplished what I set out to do.Wh [...]

    • I don’t know how it would have been possible for me not to enjoy this book: it’s written by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter, and the audiobook edition I have is narrated by one of my absolute favourite narrators, John Lee. Basically, what’s not to like?I got this book, along with about six others, when Audible had their recent “first in a series” sale. I thought I was being clever, thinking, “oh, I’ll just get these cheap first books, I won’t be in any rush to get the next bo [...]

    • Book 1 in Time Odyssey series.The fabric ofa time is pulled apart and the earth put back together in a random, helter skelter way. round, shiny orbs hang in the air like eyes, everywhere. 2037 - Bisesa, a female UN peace keeper, Case;y and Cecil De Morgan are taken in their helicopter and find their way to 1885. Here Ca pt Grove, Josh , Rudyard Kipling are part of a British regiment in India Their explorations of what has happened tale tjem tp Alexander the Great, 23 centuries in the past. they [...]

    • Es una gratificante novela que al ser leída por segunda ocasión se vuelve más rica de leer. En ella Arthur Clarke nos cuenta como de pronto el tiempo se ve fraccionado en la Tierra y nace una nueva Tierra con un collage de zonas geográficas cronológicamente diferentes, es decir, en alguna lugar es una año, y al cruzar un río es un año completamente distinto, aquí los pocos humanos que han sobrevivido tratan de crear un nuevo orden mundial. Por ello es que Gengis Khan y sus mongoles se e [...]

    • Ou comment faire se rencontrer, lors d'une bataille épique, les armées d'Alexandre et de Gensis Khan. Oeuvre posthume de C. Clarke, ce premier tome met en place éléments et personnages d'une saga en trois tomes. Le style est fluide mais beaucoup moins précis que la saga Rama ou 2001 (je crois que Clarke n'a pas eu le temps de finir, d'où la collaboration avec Baxter). ça va très vite (trop vite) mais ça lit très bien et la bataille attendue tient ses promesses. Pour l'Histoire (avec un [...]

    • Time’s Eye is a book set in the future, past, far past, and even farther past. Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke have done excellently to use these 4 perspectives to weave a fantastic story. This story really looks at theories about Time already in place and expands them into something radical. This book always keeps me guessing along with the characters in the book about what are the potential dangers in their choices, what are these “eyes” and their strange properties etc. All in all, [...]

    • A very very good read. The synopsis itself is gripping. A wonderfully weaved tale where human and Earth history collide, collaborate and compete. Very original concept; at least I haven't come across something like this before. This book has a sequel and thus by the end if this book, you are left with more questions than you started off with. Which means you Have to get your hands on the second one. And that's exactly what I have done.I heartily recommend this to all sci-fi fans.

    • Po poprzednich książkach Baxtera spodziewałem się czegoś innego, a dostałem książkę o alternatywnej historii, zlepionej z fragmentów różnych epok. Niestety nie za wiele było w tym nowych elementów. No i praktyczny brak jakiś głębszych wątków fizycznych czy technologicznych. Cóż, to pierwszy z trzech tomów, może dalej będzie lepiej ("Burza słoneczna" zapowiada się ciekawiej).

    • Like all ACC, there are original concepts, and is a very easy read.My only complaint is that the series seems to want to go further but it stops when the world starts expanding past earth.Still a 5 star

    • Who doesn't love an epic battle between Alexander the Great and Ghengis Khan? But what happened at the end there buddy?

    • 3 1/2 para una novela de interesante trama, que parte de una premisa de ciencia ficción, pero también tiene muchos matices de novela histórica.Curiosamente, en su base temática y de ambientación me ha recordado bastante a 'The Woods' (los cómics de Tynion IV), por ese mosaico de pequeños grupos de sociedades de diferentes épocas históricas, trasplantados por obra y gracia de algún misterioso ente/tecnología a una nueva realidad salvando las distancias, porque aquí el escenario nunca [...]

    • The first half of this book is interesting and compelling. I was curious, excited to explore the strange world.Then they turn one of the female characters (one female character out of a total of four, if you include two "manapes") completely insane, in order to serve a rather stupid purpose. It feels to me like the authors asked, "how can we get Khan and Alexander to battle as quickly as possible?"and then they used the very first idea that came up and didn't ask themselves, "Does it make sense [...]

    • It was an okay read; bordering on epic story, but coming up just short.The premise is a good one - the world becomes time splintered and the remnants of humanity from different time periods have to rebuild and try to figure out what happened. Conflict, bravery, deceit, greed, trust, humanity were all there but I would have hoped for better character development and insight into their personas.The book was only 337 pages so, understandably, there was only so much room for such character developme [...]

    • Επικότατο!!! Από τα καλύτερα βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει.Ο συνδυασμός επιστημονικής φαντασίας, ιστορίας, εναλλακτικής ιστορίας και φιλοσοφίας που προσφέρει αυτό το βιβλίο είναι απίστευτα ενδιαφέρων. Τα γεγονότα εξελίσσονται ραγδαία και κρατάνε τον αναγνώστη σε μια συνεχή εγρ [...]

    • Interesting concept: a group of widely disparate peoples, from profoundly different times (from a proto-human similar to Lucy, to a group of UN peace-keeping soldiers from 2037) are brought together in an earth which has been sliced into fragments, then re-assembled. Each slice of earth is also from varied times, during which the weather and geological profile have diverged enormously. Very few humans have survived this process; notable exceptions: Alexander the Great and a portion of his army, [...]

    • Characters from all different eras are thrown together and forced to into groups that have to figure out how to get along in the world. Like a history lesson, but not as compelling as some of his other work.

    • Truly innovative and remarkable mix of history and science-fiction. If I loved more of the characters this would be a 5, but was stretched across a vast array (which, like Asimov's Foundation, is kind of necessary to the plot).

    • A book with a story line that must have existed at the backdrop of every sci-fi lover. Bringing two men known for causing the biggest plunders in human history face to face for a carnage was surely a treat to read.

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