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Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey Book One

Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey Book One [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Baxter , Arthur C. Clarke
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A stunning new companion series to 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY from the world's most important living SF writer and his acknowledged heir.

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A stunning new companion series to 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY from the world's most important living SF writer and his acknowledged heir. 1885, the North West Frontier. Rudyard Kipling is witness to a bizarre encounter between the British army and what appears to be an impossibly advanced piece of Russian technology. And then to a terrifying intervention by a helicopter from 2037. Before the full impact of this extraordinary event has even begun to sink in, Kipling, his friends and the helicopter crew stumble across Alexander the Great's army. Mankind's time odyssey has begun.

It is a journey that will see Alexander avoid his premature death and carve out an Empire that expands from Carthage to China, beating the time-slipped army of Ghenghis Khan in a battle outside the ruins of Babylon in the process. And it will present mankind with two devastating truths. Aliens are amongst us and have been manipulating our past and our future. And that future extends only as far as 2037, for that is the date Earth will be destroyed.

This is SF that spans countless centuries and carries cutting edge ideas on time travel and alien intervention. It shows two of the genre's masters at their groundbreaking best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway; New Ed edition (10 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TO59T6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The eyes have it 26 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed Time's Eye and was left with quite a few thoughts but no conclusion. Normally I would not start a book that has a sequel or that is part of a xilogy, but for the magic name, 'Arthur C. Clarke.' When the army of Alexander the Great showed up, however I began to get a bit anxious, thinking 'Oh no, not another quantum leap saga,' but I stuck to it for another chapter or two, and was reassured by the continuing science questions pursued by the heroine.

Unimpressed by the Mongol army and Genghis Khan, I soldiered on and could see eventually that lots of resolutions were stacking up and the end of the book was nigh.

Here I am back on the Amazon website anxiously looking for the next in the series, hoping for answers to why there are eyes in Bisesa's 'home' world, and why the celebrities, their armies, the cosmonauts, the helicopter crew and the evolving man-apes were pitched into the Discontinuity. Was it random or were they chosen? And who are the mysterious First Born? Why are they interfering in Earth's business?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 26 July 2005
Time's Eye is a splendid book and an intricate combination of science fiction and history.
The authors cleverly integrate the various time 'differences'...which sees an immense battle we could have only dreamed about. The novel also opens up a nice explanation, where the authors use string theory as a means of supporting the possibility of the 'discontinuity'.
However, do not despair, Time's Eye seems to open up to a much wider audience due to its historical content. Even though the science fiction sounds feeble, Time's Eye has tremendous reference to the Macedonians and Mongols at their apex. It also refers to the 1885 and the NW frontier.
The novel has plenty of realism and is simply an alternative possibility to time- travel, nicely hangs on with 'space odyssey' and is a great novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time's Eye - Slow beginnings 26 Feb 2013
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This was sold as an companion piece to the famed "Space Odyssey" written by Arthur C. Clarke, however based solely upon the first book - "Time's Eye", it has very little to do with the famed sci-fi epic. Apart from a brief scene at the beggining of the novel featuring ancient apes and the discovery of the floating "orb", there are very few connections between the two stories. Certainly having Alexander the Great battling Gengis Khan was interesting, but I felt the characters acepted their fate and the so-called explanation as to why they had all be brought together on the new version of Earth called Mir was a little rushed. However, if this is merely a starting point to events in the later books that will tie-in more closely with events of "Space Odyssey" it will do fine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time Odyssey 3 Dec 2011
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This is the first book of a trilogy, although you will enjoy it equally well even if you have no plans to read the other two.

The premise of the story is that a composite world has been put together by an unknown intelligence. Fragments of the earth have been taken from random points in time of human history, then all jumbled together to form a world. Result: Peoples from many ages and past civilisations are brought together and have to interact. This gives the authors a great platform to ponder what would happen if say Alexander the Great had to fight Genghis Khan or what if the British Empire at its peak met a near future space crew.

A few main characters keep the story flowing and even a bit of string theory is thrown in to justify this bizarre reality.

I would say this is 'old-school' science fiction - broad brush rather than in depth characterisation. But that is fine.

An enjoyable, light bit of reading. I'll get the second book as well to see what happens next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting concept 23 Nov 2006
By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Arthur C. Clarke is one of the greats of science fiction. He is a master of that genre of sci-fi in which one takes A Big Concept and works through the consequences. This is such a novel, but with an odd twist - you get a historical drama as well. In this story, an alien race, whom we never actually meet, messes around with earth such that bits of the planet from different time periods suddenly find themselves coexisting - a prehistoric humanoid finds herself abruptly in the same world as a British fort on the Northwest Frontier in the times of the Raj and they are startled by the arrival of a military helicopter from the early 21st century. Simultaneously, some astronauts due to re-enter the atmosphere find that the world they knew has ceased to exist.

What Happens Next makes for fascinating reading. Attached to that British garrison is Rudyard Kipling. And at the climax, the greatest captain the world has ever seen, Alexander the Great, faces off against the most ruthless conqueror the world has ever seen, Genghis Khan. All a bit contrived, to be sure (the manner in which Genghis gets his comeuppance is especially hard to believe, but then I am a devout coward by religion, so what would I know?). However, it's all good fun. And all of this is observed by aliens in the form of shiny spheres, which hover around, observing what happens.

In a way, this book is a rerun of themes explored in the Clarke classic "2001; a space odyssey", and those who have read "2001" will enjoy the quotes and references to it in this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and absorbing
In many ways the story mirrors that of 2001 and its sequels,as if told in a different form.It does not seem though to address the question of exactly what happened to the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by michael h.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The very short chapters kept the pace moving. I read all three books in 14 days. I couldn't put them down.
Published 1 month ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars A Time Odyssey
1st of the series - takes time to get into the story but well worth the wait - where to now?
Published 10 months ago by Jumbojim
5.0 out of 5 stars What if...
I've really enjoyed several of Arthur C Clarke's works in the last few years, so was delighted to discover this, certainly the strongest and most intriguing work in this trilogy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by H. Nowlan
4.0 out of 5 stars too short wanted more
Story line strong and compelling however felt author lost interest and decided to rush to conclusion , which was a shame as characters were nicely established and you are left... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr J A Strevens
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not one of Arthur C. Clarke's best.
The book starts promisingly, but the plot meanders around rather too much for my liking. The best S.F. Read more
Published 16 months ago by MarkP
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
great read, a bit of science, a bit of history and a brilliant story. look forward to reading book two
Published 19 months ago by bubbles
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok.
I have long been a fan of Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter and expected good things from them as a team. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars First Part of a GREAT trilogy
(no spoilers) I had not read any 'hard SF' for a long time and I honestly can't remember why this book loo(c)ked at me and said "Buy me!", but I am so glad it did. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by MaskedMarauder
2.0 out of 5 stars More of an historical fantasy than science fiction
This book is not in the same league as RAMA. If Rama Scored 10/10 Then this book would be a 2/10.It is an historical fantasy, interesting if your interest is in military strategy... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2010 by I try to give an honest opinion
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