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Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clarke

Time's Eye (2004)

by Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter

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Series: A Time Odyssey (book 1)

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Refraining from describing the events in the book,
I would like to mention, that, first of all I did not enjoy this book one bit.
So if you don't want to be discouraged by my biased opinion - it's probably best to stop at that.

Why did I not like this book.
Throughout, the book made me feel very uncomfortable.
The plot was predictable in many parts and unexciting overall.
As for the possible conclusions or "a message" that authors intended, in terms of changes in society over time - i either disagree deeply in some parts or fail to "see the point".

The main/broad metaphor of the book is very transparent and simplistic.

Therefore, all in all the book gave me little satisfaction.

From my experience with some of Stephen Baxter's books - I can clearly say that he is a master of making the readers feel bad, but if you liked any of his books - you will probably like this one as well.
Well, and Arthur C. Clarke is a different story altogether :) ( )
  Vvolodymyr | Oct 17, 2012 |
Interesting concept. Starts promisingly but runs out of steam. Dissatisfying ending. ( )
1 vote topps | Jan 5, 2011 |
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 scenario creates the opportunity for Baxter and Clarke to position a Genghis-Alexander battle for control over the new Earth (dubbed "Mir" by the remnant individuals from the 21st century). The story is broad in scope, with multiple story lines intersecting, connecting and culminating in a satisfying conclusion. While the ending isn't quite a cliff-hanger, it certainly sets up book 2 nicely.

Time's Eye has the requisite amount of hard science and pseudo-scientific - and sometimes atheistic - philosophical musings. These are the elements that Baxter and Clarke fans anticipate in their works. The philosophical vignettes are tightly written, and rarely feel forced or out of context with the rest of the story. I was thankful that there wasn't too much rumination on the structure and specifics of time-travel.

The characters are solidly drawn and the authors were able to make the "real" characters like Alexander the Great, some of Alexander's cohorts, and Rudyard Kipling (who gets caught in the time shifts), believable and relatively cliché-free.

In addition to the science fiction standbys of time travel and "those-that-watch-us-from-above", the book contains solid historical fiction elements, specifically when dealing with Alexander and the Mongols. The authors take time to detail their histories, battle strategy and tactics of each set of warriors. There are also shades of Baxter's Evolution while writing on the early hominids that get caught up in the time shifts.

Overall, I strongly recommend this sci-fi / alternative historical fiction from two of the best in the business. ( )
  JGolomb | Aug 5, 2010 |
Takes a while to get the plot moving but it eventually does. Some plot items need more explaination/closure but overall a decent read despite the shortcomings. It does inspire to read the other two books in the series. The cell phone being powered down and asking "will I dream" is a shout out to HAL. ( )
  dvulcano | Mar 31, 2010 |
What do you get when you combine two of the best Sci-Fi minds? A great book! I really enjoyed this one. Not too much hard science, some fun history, and a band of likable characters.I will echo some of the other comments regarding the overall pace of the book being a little slow, but I found the world they created to be engrossing. I am really looking forward to continuing the series. ( )
  jplumey | Dec 22, 2009 |
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Stand in Times's eye,
Almost as long as flowers,
Which daily die:
But, as new buds put forth
To glad new men,
Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth
The Cities rise again.
     —Rudyard Kipling
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Dreißig Millionen Jahre lang war der Planet abgekühlt und ausgetrocknet, bis im Norden Eisschollen an die Kontinente zu drängen begannen. [German edition]
For thirty million years the planet had cooled and dried, until, in the north, ice sheets gouged at the continents.
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Sir Arthur C. Clarke may be the greatest science fiction writer in the world; certainly, he's the best-known, not least because he wrote the novel and coauthored the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He's also the only SF writer to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize or to be knighted by Her Majesty Elizabeth II. This god of SF has twice collaborated with one of the best SF writers to emerge in the 1990s, Stephen Baxter, winner of the British SF Award, the Locus Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. Their first collaboration is the novel The Light of Other Days. Their second is the novel Time's Eye: Book One of a Time Odyssey.

As the subtitle indicates, Time's Eye is the first book of a series intended to do for time what 2001 did for space. Does Time's Eye succeed in this goal? No. In 2001, humanity discovers a mysterious monolith on the moon, triggering a signal that astronauts pursue to one of the moons of Jupiter. In Time's Eye, mysterious satellites appear all around the Earth and scramble time, bringing together an ape-woman; twenty- first-century soldiers and astronauts; nineteenth-century British and Indian soldiers; and the armies of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great. The characters march around in search of other survivors, then clash in epic battle. It's not until the end that the novel returns to the mystery of the tiny, eye-like satellites (and doesn't solve it). In other words, the plot of Time's Eye is a nearly 300-page digression, and 2001 fans expecting exploration of the scientific enigma and examination of the meaning of existence will be disappointed. However, fans of rousing and well-written transtemporal adventure in the tradition of S.M. Stirling's novel Island in the Sea of Time will enjoy Time's Eye. --Cynthia Ward

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A mysterious glowing orb appears over Central Asia, ripping the Earth into conflicting eras of the past, present, and future, mingling UN peacekeepers from the year 2037 with military forces from past eras.

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