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The Chronoliths

by Robert Charles Wilson

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When monuments somehow displaced from the near future begin appearing around the world, a small cadre of scientists begin trying to figure out how and why it is happening. The story follows this group of people as they try to make sense of the Kuin monuments while the world falls apart around them.

Hard science, intriguing characters and unfortunately believeable human reactions to the situation, make the book fascinating, in an aghast kind of way. ( )
  majkia | Jun 7, 2016 |
Oh bravo. Exciting, intriguing, rich characters. Very little of that political intrigue I hate. Fascinating predictions of how much technologies will evolve and how little humanity will evolve in the near future woven into a suspenseful 'hard' sf story with just enough science to make it worth thinking about but not too difficult. Recommended. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A software engineer, Scott, is 'on break' in rural Thailand when he and his drug-dealing buddy Hitch happen to be in the right place at the right (wrong?) time to be some of the first people to view the first of the Chronoliths - giant obelisks that appear out of nowhere, announcing the military victory of the enigmatic Kuin - dated to happen twenty years and three months in the future. And Thailand is only the first - soon more and more appear, causing widespread death and destruction, and causing not just awe but cults, secret societies, frantic military readying and scientific investigation.
The book has interesting thoughts on the physics of time, the social effects of monuments (and self-fulfilling prophecies).
However, although the writing in this book is noticeably more masterful than in the earlier book I read by Wilson, the 'feel' of its style, I thought, was still very 'mainstream-thriller. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Interesting story with well defined characters. Not quite about time travel, but more about the impact of having some object travel through time. ( )
  Guide2 | Jan 31, 2016 |
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The Chronoliths is a striking if occasionally bleak tale of time and causality that opens in the very near future. The world is going straight to hell, with social and economic crises nearly everywhere.
 

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It was Hitch Paley, rolling his beat-up Daimler motorbike across the packed sand of the beach behind the Haat Thai Dance Pavilion, who invited me to witness the end of an age.
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Huge pillars appear
Fortelling future conquest
Friends try to stop them (harpua)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0812545249, Mass Market Paperback)

Robert Charles Wilson is an accomplished and acclaimed writer with an impressive body of work. The Chronoliths is his best novel yet, an intelligent, fascinating, and frightening account of a unique incarnation of time travel.

American software developer Scott Warden is living a careless expatriate life on the beaches of 21st century Thailand when a monolithic pillar, sheathed in ice and composed of an unknown, indestructible material, appears in the jungle. The artifact is a chronolith, a memorial commemorating the conquest of Thailand--20 years in the future. As Warden follows his estranged wife and badly injured daughter back to the U.S., more chronoliths celebrating future victories appear, to devastating effect. Bangkok and Jerusalem are destroyed, and societies worldwide dissolve in chaos or teeter on the brink of collapse. As the chronoliths close in on America, Scott joins with biker and undercover agent Hitch Paley and experimental physicist Sue Chopra in a literal race against time to find a way to change the future--which has already happened. --Cynthia Ward

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"In early twenty-first-century Thailand, Scott is a slacker in a beach community of expatriates, barely supporting his wife and daughter. Then one day he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the appearance of a two-hundred-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. This is no ordinary artifact. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter. And the inscription chiseled into it commemorates a military victory...sixteen years in the future. Then, not much later, another, larger pillar arrives in the center of Bangkok - obliterating the city and killing thousands. Over the next several years, human society is transformed by these mysterious arrivals from, seemingly, its own near future. Who is the warlord "Kuin" whose victories they note? Scott wants only to rebuild his life. But some strange loop of causality keeps drawing him in, to the central mystery and a strange final battle with the future."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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