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Time's Eye (Time Odyssey Book 1) (original 2004; edition 2003)

by Arthur C. Clarke (Author)

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Title:Time's Eye (Time Odyssey Book 1)
Authors:Arthur C. Clarke (Author)
Info:Del Rey (2003), 384 pages
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Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clarke (2004)

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Sir Arthur C. Clarke is a living legend, a writer whose name has been synonymous with science fiction for more 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.
  JESGalway | May 28, 2018 |
I didn't have very high hopes for this book, however surprisingly it was remarkably gripping with well developed characters and a unexpectedly good story line. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Mar 29, 2018 |
Tolerably interesting and entertaining, but with a very weak resolution. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
Not the best moment of Arthur C. Clarke, by a long shot. A good beginning leads to an unexciting development, with very few moments of good science-fiction (or good anything, for that matter) ( )
  Ruminahui | Jul 30, 2017 |
For me the book started in a confusing manner, became interesting and then ended very badly.

I suppose the point of the book was to prepare us for the next in the series.I have yet to read a book where a chunk(s) of 21st century Earth are transported back to the past and made for good reading.

"Weapons of Choice" by John Birmingham was pretty good but its sequel in the series was not so good.
"Island in the Sea of Time (Island)" by S. M. Stirling was not bad either but the sequels got progressively worse.

This book really does not seem to have a direction or purpose. You get major characters suddenly killed off...for what reason? I don't know. You get a major battle between civilizations where the defeated just walks away.

There are large sections of the book devoted to physics "navel gazing" some of it may be relevant in future novels in the series but you will have forgotten your lessons a long time after read. It seems like padding to me.

A. C. Clark seems to want to educate more than entertain in his writing. Stephan Baxter has writing stories that I did not like very much. I doubt I will read a sequel. ( )
  Lynxear | Jul 22, 2016 |
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Arthur C. Clarkeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Baxter, Stephenmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Schroeder, JulieDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winter, BiggyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 034545247X, Mass Market Paperback)

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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