Authors & Events
Authors & Events
Oct 28, 2008
| ISBN 9780345491589
Dec 26, 2007
| ISBN 9780345504487
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Oct 28, 2008 | ISBN 9780345491589
Dec 26, 2007 | ISBN 9780345504487
The Firstborn–the mysterious race of aliens who first became known to science fiction fans as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey–have inhabited legendary master of science fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s writing for decades. With Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, the first two books in their acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and his brilliant co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employing a technology indistinguishable from magic.Their first act was the Discontinuity, in which Earth was carved into sections from different eras of history, restitched into a patchwork world, and renamed Mir. Mir’s inhabitants included such notables as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and United Nations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For reasons unknown to her, Bisesa entered into communication with an alien artifact of inscrutable purpose and godlike power–a power that eventually returned her to Earth. There, she played an instrumental role in humanity’s race against time to stop a doomsday event: a massive solar storm triggered by the alien Firstborn designed to eradicate all life from the planet. That fate was averted at an inconceivable price. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.This time, they are pulling no punches: They have sent a “quantum bomb.” Speeding toward Earth, it is a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, that cannot be stopped or destroyed–and one that will obliterate Earth.Bisesa’s desperate quest for answers sends her first to Mars and then to Mir, which is itself threatened with extinction. The end seems inevitable. But as shocking new insights emerge into the nature of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.
Arthur C. Clarke has long been considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time and was an international treasure in… More about Arthur C. Clarke
Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge and Southampton Universities. Baxter is the winner of both the British… More about Stephen Baxter
Praise for Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen BaxterSunstorm“Clarke and Baxter have mastered the art of saving the world in blockbuster style.”–Entertainment Weekly“An absolute must for science fiction fans.”–All Things Considered“Sure to blow your mind.”–BookMarksTime’s Eye“Wonderfully entertaining . . . a story that engrosses you with its dramatized ideas about the nature of existence.”–Chicago Tribune“A rousing adventure.”–The New York Times Book Review“A fast and engaging read.”–Rocky Mountain News
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