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The Seeds of Time (Bantam Spectra Book--T.P. Verso) (edition 1997)

by Kay Kenyon (Author)

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Clio Finn is a Dive pilot on a troubled Earth in 2019. Public paranoia about the AIDS virus and its successors has led to the imprisonment of the "subversives" of the society (namely, drug users and gays) in forced labor quarantine camps known as quarries. Meanwhile, Earth itself is dying from a progressive lack of greenery, as the UV irradiation from a successively depleted ozone layer is killing off all the plants, and therefore the planet's ability to sustain itself. To counteract this problem, the powers of Earth have decided that new greenery must be found on alternate worlds, to supplement Earth's dying stock with heartier, alien strains. But since faster-than-light travel is still unavailable, a new method must be found to achieve this. Enter time travel, in which a quick jaunt down through time can bring ships into the position of planets which had rotated through Earth's present position in the distant past, due to the galaxy's extended period of rotation. As most people are unable to remain awake during these temporal Dives, the guiding duty is left to an exclusive class of Dive pilots. Only dive pilots have a limited span before they burn out. Most can last thirty to forty Dives. Clio Finn has lasted fifty-five, and she is on the ragged end of burn-out, kept on track only by a handful of outlawed drugs. But the potential rewards are great. A previous haul of greenery, once thought to be Earth's salvation, is dying off, and an illicit jaunt into the future taken by Clio and her colleagues has discovered the violent end of humanity itself. So her current destination, Niang, an Edenic tropical planet, seems the answer to mankind's prayers. Only, on Niang's surface, Clio discovers a desperate secret. The green which may save mankind also subsists on metals, and may therefore destroy all of mankind's existing technology. Clio's dilemma--whether to regreen Earth at the risk of driving man back into the dark ages--is only exacerbated when an accidental loop in time catches her in a paradox between two alternate futures, each of which is determined to eradicate the other completely and absolutely.… (more)
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I wrote the author, Kay Kenyon, several years ago & told her "The Seeds of Time" would make a terrific movie. This novel has it all. The story is even better than the movie "Alien." ( )
  haikupatriot | Nov 18, 2015 |
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a SF title they've never read before. This book is a good mix of space travel, post-apocalypse, and military sci-fi.

Kay Kenyon's debut novel, an interesting contrast to her current writing. It has quite a few pieces that always make me happy in a SF story: space travel, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic world destroyed by exhausting the world's resources. You gotta love the doomsday we-shoulda-been-more-environmentally-conscious-now-the-world's-gonna-end stories. (I'm an environmentalist so I really enjoy them.)

Very solid writing. It took me 4 pages to really get into the story but once I did, I was hooked. Clio is a fun character. She sometimes walks the line of being a little too cookie-cutter predictable for her character type (think Starbuck as played by Katee Sackhoff) but hey, even Starbuck is fun when we know exactly what she's going to do!

Once on Niang, the mix of characters reminds me of the characters in Aliens. Clio is Ripley and the other people sort of fill their soliders-fighting-an-unknown-enemy roles: Teeg is the unbalanced, full of himself commander, Hillis and Zee are the slightly clueless scientists, etc. ( )
  Waianuhea | Jun 9, 2008 |
Great furturistic story. Earth is dying. Clio is a dive pilot sent back in time to bring back plant species to revitalize the planet. But, she may bring back more than she bargained for. Excellent character development, plot driven, with clean writing. Kay Kenyon is not to be missed. ( )
  jshillingford | Jun 20, 2007 |
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If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me.
    — Macbeth, I.iii
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Clio Finn rested her face against the bulkhead of her cabin, listening to countdown over the intercom, trying not to pass out.
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Clio Finn is a Dive pilot on a troubled Earth in 2019. Public paranoia about the AIDS virus and its successors has led to the imprisonment of the "subversives" of the society (namely, drug users and gays) in forced labor quarantine camps known as quarries. Meanwhile, Earth itself is dying from a progressive lack of greenery, as the UV irradiation from a successively depleted ozone layer is killing off all the plants, and therefore the planet's ability to sustain itself. To counteract this problem, the powers of Earth have decided that new greenery must be found on alternate worlds, to supplement Earth's dying stock with heartier, alien strains. But since faster-than-light travel is still unavailable, a new method must be found to achieve this. Enter time travel, in which a quick jaunt down through time can bring ships into the position of planets which had rotated through Earth's present position in the distant past, due to the galaxy's extended period of rotation. As most people are unable to remain awake during these temporal Dives, the guiding duty is left to an exclusive class of Dive pilots. Only dive pilots have a limited span before they burn out. Most can last thirty to forty Dives. Clio Finn has lasted fifty-five, and she is on the ragged end of burn-out, kept on track only by a handful of outlawed drugs. But the potential rewards are great. A previous haul of greenery, once thought to be Earth's salvation, is dying off, and an illicit jaunt into the future taken by Clio and her colleagues has discovered the violent end of humanity itself. So her current destination, Niang, an Edenic tropical planet, seems the answer to mankind's prayers. Only, on Niang's surface, Clio discovers a desperate secret. The green which may save mankind also subsists on metals, and may therefore destroy all of mankind's existing technology. Clio's dilemma--whether to regreen Earth at the risk of driving man back into the dark ages--is only exacerbated when an accidental loop in time catches her in a paradox between two alternate futures, each of which is determined to eradicate the other completely and absolutely.

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